Disability discrimination

A general guide on how you are protected from discrimination under the Equality Act and what your rights are. Applies to England and Wales.

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Equality Act 2010

What is the Equality Act?

The Equality Act 2010 is the law that protects you from discrimination and gives you the right to challenge it. You are protected by the Equality Act if you have certain protected characteristics, like a mental health problem.

What areas of my life are protected under the Equality Act?

The Equality Act protects you from discrimination when you:

Organisations that are public authorities also have special legal obligations under the public sector equality duty.

Is my mental health problem covered?

You don’t have to have a particular mental health condition to get protection under the Equality Act. What you need to show is that your mental health problem is a disability.

Mental health problems that could be covered under the Equality Act would include:


This information was published in July 2017. We will revise it in 2019.


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