Workplace stress has driven up number of disability discrimination cases

As if wanting the best for your workers isn’t incentive enough, recent research carried out by Fox & Partners shows that the number of disability discrimination claims being submitted to employment tribunals has gone up by more than a third between 2017 and 2018. The reason is believed to be stress-induced mental health, alongside a growing readiness, and possibly awareness, of employees to bring claims which relate to their mental health.

As we reported this month on Mental Health Awareness Week, working conditions and environment can have a significant impact on mental health, so it is important that businesses strive to improve the support they can offer their workers, if this rise is to be addressed. The independent Stevenson Farmer Review of mental health and employers (‘Thriving at Work’), published in October 2017, made 40 recommendations which the government has pledged to commit to in its response ‘Improving Lives The Future of Work, Health and Disability’ – a ten year programme of change. In it the government states, “…Being able to harness the skills, talents and contribution of every person should be at the heart of a successful economic plan. But good employment delivers much more than just a strong economy. Good work supports our good health. It keeps us healthy, mentally and physically. It enables us to be economically independent, and gives us more choices and opportunities to fulfil our other ambitions in life…”.

Published: 16 May 2019

Article Sections: Discrimination | Grievances

Tags: discrimination, disability, stress

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