For the drinks and hospitality sector the Equality Act clearly has application to employees who have a disability. It is unlawful to discriminate against anyone because of a protected characteristic - of which disability (including impaired sight) is one - as in the recent Brewdog case.

However, another way in which the Act impacts on the industry is the requirement for equality of access to services. This means that pub, bar, hotel and restaurant outlets must ensure that customers with disabilities are not at a substantial disadvantage compared with others. Positive steps must be taken to ensure that disabled people can access services, whether it be through adapting physical features of premises (signage, car parking, suitable bar counters etc). Or through providing additional aids, such as menus in Braille.  

Read Freeths’ article for more on this subject -