When am I protected from discrimination at work?
The Equality Act provides protection when you are:
- applying for a job
- at work
- dismissed (including being made redundant)
- a former employee or worker in certain circumstances
It can protect you if you are:
- an employee
- an apprentice
- a contract worker
but it does not protect you if you are:
Do I have a disability?
To get protection under the Equality Act, you need to show that your mental health problem is a disability. 'Disability' has a special legal meaning under the Equality Act, and can include mental health problems: find out more on our disability discrimination information page.
This information was published in September 2016. We will revise it in 2018.