Disability discrimination

A general guide on how you are protected from discrimination under the Equality Act and what your rights are. Applies to England and Wales.

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Overview

Sometimes people who have mental health problems are treated unfavourably because of their mental health condition. This is called discrimination and, if you experience it, you may have a legal right to challenge it.

Quick facts

  • The Equality Act 2010 is the law that gives you the right to challenge discrimination.
  • The Equality Act protects you if you are discriminated against by:
    • employers
    • organisations that provide services (e.g. shops or insurance companies)
    • organisations that provide public functions (e.g. policing or benefits)
    • education providers (e.g. universities and colleges)
    • organisations that sell or manage property
    • private clubs and associations.
  • Public authorities have an additional duty to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity, called the public sector equality duty.
  • There are short timescales for taking a legal claim if you believe that someone has discriminated against you. If you can, try to get legal advice before starting a claim.

Please note

  • This guide covers disability discrimination from the point of view of a person with a mental health problem.
  • This guide applies to England and Wales.
  • This guide contains general legal information, not legal advice. We recommend you get advice from a specialist legal adviser or solicitor who will help you with your individual situation and needs. See Useful contacts for more information.
  • The legal information in this guide does not apply to children unless specifically stated.

 


This information was published in July 2017. We will revise it in 2019.


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