Employer responsibilties

People who are deaf or have a hearing loss can add great value and diversity to a workplace.


People who are deaf or have a hearing loss

Many people who are deaf or have a hearing loss will be considered disabled under The Equality Act 2010 in Great Britain and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in Northern Ireland.

Remember that as an employer it is illegal for you to discriminate against people because of a disability.

Your responsibilities

You may have to make reasonable adjustments to ensure fair access - our Work Based Assessments can help you meet your responsibilities.

As an employer, you should ensure fair access to:

  • to application forms
  • to interview processes
  • to practical tests.

You should also ensure fair access when:

  • writing job descriptions
  • considering promotions and transfers
  • a dismissal or redundancy is considered
  • considering discipline and grievances.

All full-time, part-time and temporary employment, self-employment and work experience is covered by the Equality Act 2010. Job applications and interviews are also covered.

Employee rights

For a comprehensive list of employee rights, please visit the Equality and Human Rights Commission website(opens in new window).


Information about supporting people with hearing loss at work on our website and in our factsheets should not be considered as legal advice and you should not rely on it as such. Please read our disclaimer for further information.


What is discrimination?

Are you aware that discrimination does not have to be deliberate? Discrimination can arise indirectly.
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Employee rights: A hearing aid user giving a presentation in a workplace.

Employer responsibilities in Great Britain

Under The Equality Act 2010, it is illegal for you as an employer to discriminate against people because they are deaf or have a hearing loss.
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Employer responsibilities in Northern Ireland

Employment laws differ between Northern Ireland and England, Scotland and Wales. Find out about the key legislation in Northern Ireland and how you can ensure you meet your responsibilities.
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Making reasonable adjustments.

Making reasonable adjustments

The Equality Act 2010 requires reasonable adjustments (changes) to be made where an employee or colleague is put at a substantial disadvantage compared with non-disabled people.
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