Equality Act 2010

If you think that your employer is treating your differently or unfairly because of your mental health issue, it is important you understand what your rights are.

The Equality Act 2010 is the law that gives you the right to challenge discrimination, including in the workplace. It protects people from being discriminated against because of certain protected characteristics, such as gender, age or disability. Mental health falls under the category of disability. To get protection under the Equality Act, you have to show that your mental health problem is a disability (that it has a substantial, adverse, and long term effect on your normal day-to-day activities).

The Equality Act covers you during recruitment, employment and if you are being dismissed for any reason, including redundancy.

Employers must make reasonable adjustments to work practices, and provide other aids and adaptations, for disabled employees.  In practice this can be a phased return to work, changes in hours, tasks and additional support.

If you would like to read more about your rights please click the following link to the Mind's website Mind - discrimination at work.