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Workplace stress has led to an increase in disability discrimination cases by more than a third

Current research has indicated that disability discrimination claims being heard at employment tribunals has increased by 37% in just one year (from 2017 to 2018). Central to these cases is stress-induced mental health issues. More employees are now also ready to bring claims which relate to their mental health.

To be able to minimise this growing rate, support for workers must be improved. The government has pledged to commit to The Stevenson Farmer’s Review of mental health and employers, which has made 40 recommendations.

The duty of employers under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees has been emphasised recently by the head of workplace wellbeing at Mind, Emma Mamo. However, Emma has acknowledged the requirement for those employees who suffer from a disability to inform their employers of this, as this appears to be something that does not always happen.

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