A survey commissioned by Channel 4 sought the views of over 4,000 women aged between 45 and 55, and found that 1 in 10 women have left a job due to menopause symptoms and 44% of women said that their ability to do their job had been impacted by their menopause symptoms.
52% of women reported that they had lost confidence at work, and 41% reported that the menopause/menopausal symptoms had been treated as a joke by colleagues.
8 in 10 women reported that their employer had not shared information, provided training or put into place a menopause policy – this is despite evidence that workplace support helps employees who are experiencing menopause.
The Fawcett Society, who conducted the survey, have made it clear that actions to support women with menopause are key to closing the gender pay gap. They also call for legislative reform to protect menopausal women by implementing section 14 of the Equality Act 2010 on dual discrimination so women can bring claims based on age and sex, or by creating a standalone menopause provision.