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. This section explains the Equality Act 2010. It explains 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, that is discrimination.
- The Equality Act 2010 explains what a disability is. If the definition covers your mental illness it protects you from discrimination. You are also protected from harassment or victimisation because of your mental illness.
- 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 protects you when you use services. Nobody should face discrimination due to their mental health. This includes when trying 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
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in December 2015. Next review November 2017.
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