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The Equality Act 2010 gives you certain protections and rights, related to mental health discrimination in the workplace. For example, if you are treated differently when applying for a job, during your time at work, or are made redundant due to mental health issues, this law is designed to protect you.
In order to be protected by the Act, you need to show that the discrimination was based on mental illness and that your mental illness is a disability. Remember, a condition is regarded as a disability if it causes ‘an impairment that is either physical or mental and the impairment has a substantial, adverse and long term effect on your normal daily activities.’
Any treatment that disregards your disability is mental health discrimination.
Luckily, mental health and discrimination in employment are hot topics, with plenty of help available. It’s a good idea to explore the options available to you before making any kind of decision. If you feel you’ve been discriminated against, here are a few avenues to try:
There is a piece of relevant legislation—the Mental Health Discrimination Act 2013. But this is only to do with a few very specific scenarios: it repealed the practice of barring those with mental health issues from serving on juries, or as company directors. And people institutionalised for six months or more are no longer forced to stand down if serving as members of Parliament.
It’s a great step toward a society with a better view of discrimination and mental health. But for most people who have been discriminated against in the workplace, the Equality Act 2010 is the legislation that they’ll find most useful.
If you’d like to find out more information on any of the topics mentioned in this article, please contact Heath Assured on 0808 109 8404.
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