Discrimination at work

Explains what laws protect you from discrimination at work, what you can do if you are discriminated against, and where you can get support and advice. Applies to England and Wales.

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Overview

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

Quick facts

  • If you have a mental health problem that is a disability, and you want the protection of the Equality Act, you do need to tell your employer about it.
  • If your employer is a public authority, they will have an additional duty to eliminate discrimination, called the public sector equality duty.

Please note

  • This guide covers discrimination at work 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 September 2016. We will revise it in 2018.


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