Disability Discrimination – Mental Health in the Workplace

A recent decision of the Employment  Tribunal has highlighted the need for employers to be more pro-active in addressing issues around mental health. In the case in question an employee, who suffered from mental ill-health, was awarded £11,000 after it was decided that her employer had taken too long to consider her request for reduced working hours.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-41121288 

This case highlights the fact that disability discrimination legislation protects not only those who suffer from physical impairment but also those who suffer from mental health issues. Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 employers are obliged to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ in order to assist disabled employees.

If you require advice in relation to any aspect of Disability Discrimination in the workplace, please do not hesitate to contact our team of employment solicitors.