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Ableism at Work

Ableism at Work
Disablement and Hierarchies of Impairment


Part of Cambridge Disability Law and Policy Series

  • Publication planned for: January 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108497305

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  • The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities promotes ability equality, but this is not experienced in national laws. Australia, Canada, Ireland, the UK and the US all have one thing in common: regulatory frameworks which treat workers with psychosocial disabilities less favorably than workers with either physical or sensory disabilities. Ableism at Work is a comprehensive and comparative legal, practical and theoretical analysis of workplace inequalities experienced by workers with psychosocial disabilities. Whether it be denying anti-discrimination protection to people with episodic disabilities, addictions or other psychological impairments, failing to make reasonable accommodations/adjustments for workers with psychosocial disabilities, or denying them workers' compensation or occupational health and safety protections, regulatory interventions imbed inequalities. Ableism, sanism and prejudice are expressly stated in laws, reflected in judgments, and perpetuated by workplace practices and this book enables advocates, policy makers and lawmakers to understand the wider context in which systems discriminate workers with psychosocial disabilities.

    • Where other works analyze the situation in a single jurisdiction or a single area of law, this work is comprehensive, comparative and draws together global trends of sanism and ableism at work
    • Enables advocates, policy makers and lawmakers to understand the wider context in which systems discriminate workers with psychosocial disabilities
    • Provides practical suggestions for how workers can seek redress and enable themselves to work in a regulatory framework
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: January 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108497305
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to monograph
    2. International disability norms at work: international law on ableism at work and the hierarchy of impairments
    3. The CRPD Committee, ableism and hierarchies of impairment at work
    4. Hierarchies of impairment at work in the regulation and response to sheltered work
    5. The arbitrary exclusion of episodic and psychosocial disabilities from legal protection: the duration test promoting ableism at work
    6. Ability apartheid at work: the policy of stigmatizing and excluding 'unacceptable' psychosocial disabilities from anti-discrimination laws
    7. Reasonable accommodations in a psychosocial diverse workplace: hierarchies of impairment at work
    8. Using occupational safety and health laws to promote psychological health at work
    9. Sanism and ableism in the law's response to injured workers
    10. Advancing psychosocial diversity using contract and unfair dismissal laws

  • Author

    Paul David Harpur, University of Queensland
    Paul David Harpur is Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, TC Beirne School of Law. He is a Fulbright Future Scholar hosted by the Harvard Law School Project on Disabilities and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. He is also a former duel Paralympian and duel Commonwealth Games representative.

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