Discrimination and mental illness - Equality Act 2010
This section looks at what to do if someone has treated you unfairly because of your mental illness. It explains the Equality Act 2010 and how it might apply to you when you are at work, applying for jobs or using services. The Equality Act applies in England, Scotland and Wales.
- The Equality Act 2010 protects disabled people from unfair treatment. This includes many people with a mental illness.
- If someone has treated you unfairly because of a mental illness that could be discrimination.
- The Equality Act 2010 explains what a disability is. If you match this definition, you could be protected from discrimination, harassment and victimisation by the Act.
- You may have the right to get your employer to make changes to your job due to your disability. These changes are ‘reasonable adjustments’.
- The Equality Act protects you from discrimination at work. It also protects you when you are applying for jobs.
- The Equality Act also protects you when you use services. This includes when you try to get housing, education or any other services.
- The Equality Act can also protect carers of people with a mental illness
This section covers:
- Does the Equality Act protect me because of my mental illness?
- What kinds of discrimination are there?
- Can discrimination be allowed?
- How would a service provider or employer know that I am disabled?
- Can an employer ask me health questions before offering me a job?
- Can an employer ask me health questions once they have offered me a job?
- I am a carer; does the Equality Act protect me?
- How do I take action if I think I have been discriminated against?
- The Equality Duty
* Please note:
- This information only applies to people in England.
- This information was up-to-date and correct at the time of writing.
- The ‘Examples’ in the text are not legal cases or particular people. They are examples to help your understanding of the law. A court or tribunal could interpret the law in a different way to our examples in this section.
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in December 2017. Next review November 2020.
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