Discrimination against a person without a disability

You may also experience disability discrimination even if you don’t have a disability.

Personal association

This happens if you are a personal associate of a person with a disability and you have been discriminated against because of that person’s disability. Personal association with a person with a disability means you are their:

  • carer
  • spouse
  • partner
  • relative, or
  • close friend.

Past, future and imputed

An imputed disability means a disability that you don’t actually have but the discriminator thinks you have it.

This case study shows that unlawful discrimination can take place without an intent to discriminate. The discriminator did not intend to discriminate against Mr Oberoi but because the Commission’s representative made a decision against him based on a belief that he had a disability, unlawful discrimination occurred.