Removing barriers to substantive equality : a case study of remedying disability discrimination complaints

Allen, Dominique 2011, Removing barriers to substantive equality : a case study of remedying disability discrimination complaints, Australian journal of human rights, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 159-184.

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Title Removing barriers to substantive equality : a case study of remedying disability discrimination complaints
Author(s) Allen, Dominique
Journal name Australian journal of human rights
Volume number 17
Issue number 2
Start page 159
End page 184
Publisher LexisNexis Butterworths
Place of publication Chatswood, N. S. W.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1323-238X
Summary Disability discrimination complaints are primarily resolved in the privacy of a conciliation conference. Few complaints reach the courts, so there is very little available information about the outcomes negotiated by the parties or how this type of discrimination is being addressed. Drawing on settlement agreements and decided cases from Queensland, this article examines how disability discrimination across a range of areas is remedied prior to hearing and by the tribunal. The data suggests that complaints are predominantly remedied in an individualised way, mainly with compensation. Although the parties negotiate wider, systemic outcomes on occasion — such as building modifications or better access to premises — courts rarely award remedies of this nature. The law in the United Kingdom takes quite a different approach. This article considers three mechanisms used in the United Kingdom which could be adopted in Australia to strengthen the law’s effectiveness for people with a disability: investing a public agency with enforcement powers; requiring organisations to make reasonable adjustments for people with a disability; and placing a positive duty on public authorities to promote equality for people with a disability.
Language eng
Field of Research 180114 Human Rights Law
180123 Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution
Socio Economic Objective 940101 Ability and Disability
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, LexisNexis Butterworth
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