14 July 2009
Cautious welcome issued by mental health charity to Equality Bill
A mental health charity has issued a cautious welcome to the Equality Bill, which recently completed another round of scrutiny by committee MPs in the House of Commons.
Paul Corry, director of public affairs at Rethink, said his organisation is pleased that the government is taking the issue of employer discrimination seriously.
However, he added that the charity will reserve judgement until it sees the details of the impending legislation.
He commented: "To truly deliver, it must become illegal for employers to ask job applicants whether they have a disability until after a job offer has been made."
Mr Corry went on to state that pre-employment questionnaires result in too many job seekers being turned away before they have reached the interview stage of the application process.
Banning them would "go some distance" in tackling the discrimination faced by people with mental health problems as a history of such illness will not be physically obvious during interviews.
Rethink works to help people with serious mental illnesses recover a better quality of life.