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Prison Officers Are Being Fired To Avoid Discrimination Law, Union Claims
August 4, 2004

LONDON, ENGLAND--The Prison Service has fostered a culture of intolerance toward employees with disabilities, the labor union representing corrections workers has claimed.

Among other things, the Prison Officers Association has accused the Prison Service of firing officers with disabilities now to avoid penalties when elements of the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act come into effect on October 1.

The union has said that some prison officers are not disclosing their disabilities in fear of losing their jobs, according to BBC disability issues reporter Geoff Adams-Spink.

"There's a sort of inbred understanding that the Prison Service simply doesn't employ people with disabilities," said Duncan Keys, POA assistant secretary.

The Home Office, which oversees the Prison Service, has denied the claims. The agency says it strives for diversity in all of its employment practices.

Entire article:
"Disabled prison officers 'sacked'" by disability issues reporter Geoff Adams-Spink (BBC News)


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