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DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION: Managing mental health at work

04 April 2014  

Dominic Holmes considers recent case law developments on disability discrimination and dealing with mental impairments in the workplace

According to research conducted by the mental health charity Mind, one in five people has taken time off work with stress. For employers, work-related stress, depression and other mental health conditions can be tricky to handle. They are sometimes difficult to detect and difficult to manage appropriately (whether that means putting in place reasonable adjustments, planning a return to work from sickness absence or moving towards termination of employment). Often, the employer will be accused of causing the problem in the first place: long hours, excessive workloads, unreasonable expectations from line managers and bullying are all commonly cited as triggers for mental health problems.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Cox v Essex County Fire and Rescue Service [2013] UKEAT/0162/13

    Croft Vets Ltd & ors v Butcher [2013] UKEAT/0430/12

    Gallop v Newport City Council [2013] EWCA Civ 1583

    Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust v Foster [2011] UKEAT/0552/10