Forbes February 24, 2024
Katherine Hignett

British companies need to make reasonable adjustments for staff going through menopause or they risk being sued, the U.K.’s equalities watchdog has said.

Women may experience symptoms so severe they qualify for protection under disability law, according to guidance published by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission this week.

This means employers have a legal responsibility to support them at work, and should make adjustments accordingly. This might mean allowing a woman to change shift times if she isn’t sleeping well, installing air conditioning or fans if she is experiencing hot flushes or providing rest areas and quiet rooms.

The law itself isn’t new, but many employers aren’t aware of their obligations under existing legislation, EHRC chairwoman Baroness Kishwer Falkner...

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