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Equality Act reform could penalise mental health sufferers

The mental health charity Mind has warned that the Government's proposals to amend equality legislation as a result of the red tape challenge could put the rights of people with mental health problems at risk.

Mind’s Chief Executive Paul Farmer said:

"In trying to cut through the administrative burden on businesses it is vital that important regulations that protect the employment rights of people with mental health problems are not lost.

"We have only just seen an end to the use of unfair pre-employment questionnaires that allowed employers to ask questions about someone’s health and disability and screen out candidates that had a history of mental health problems.

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May 21, 2012

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