21 January 2010
Charity celebrates new anti-disability discrimination rules
A mental health charity has welcomed news that the government is to ban employers from asking jobseekers about their medical histories before the interview stage.
The Labour administration has introduced an amendment to the Equality Bill under which firms would be stopped from seeking such information until after an offer of employment has been made.
This represents a break from current laws, which permit companies to ask candidates if they have a medical condition or disability before they decide whether or not to interview them.
Director of public affairs at Rethink Paul Corry remarked: "The government's decision to introduce the amendment should put a stop to this discriminatory employment practice which deters so many people with mental health problems from applying for jobs."
He added that employer discrimination is a serious problem at present and many businesses are unable to see past their prejudices.
Established over 30 years ago, Rethink aims to help people affected by severe mental illness achieve a better quality of life.