28 August 2009
Calls made for tighter disability discrimination legislation
Following the release of new figures suggesting that more than nine in ten people believe that admitting to having a mental health illness would damage someone's career, calls have been made for tougher legislation.
Earlier this month, Time to Change revealed that 92 per cent of people polled held this opinion.
Bank workers were identified as the sector most likely to not hire someone who admitted to having a mental health illness, with nearly half (46 per cent) stating they would be reluctant to do so.
In a new development, a spokesperson for Time to Change, which aims to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems, has said the government needs to take action.
He suggested that people should not avoid informing employers about mental health problems but added that they need greater protection when doing so.
The spokesperson stated: "We don't encourage not divulging information, but we are calling for tighter discrimination legislation."