James Williams explains what constitutes mental health discrimination in the workplace, with advice for employers
It is important that employers take appropriate steps to support employees with any mental health issues they may have, to help maintain a productive and happy workplace while ensuring legal obligations are met.
The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful for companies to discriminate against people on the grounds of having a disability.
Whether a condition amounts to a mental impairment depends on if:
• the substantial effect is one that is more than minor or trivial; and
• the long-term effect has lasted or is likely to last more than 12 months.