What is Bipolar?
Bipolar is a mental disorder characterised by periods of depression and elevated moods. If the elevated mood is severe or associated with psychosis is called mania. If it is less severe it is called hypomania.
What are the symptoms of Bipolar?
During periods of depression they may have a negative outlook on life, be severely upset and have poor eye contact with others. The risk of suicide amongst those with this illness is high.
What is the role of employers who have employees suffering with Bipolar?
Employers have a duty of care to employees who are suffering with the disorder. Employers need to make 'reasonable adjustments' and 'allowances' for individuals.
Bipolar Disorder is not a physical condition, an employer needs to take on board that it is a mental impairment which can affect an individual's ability to carry out their day-to-day activities.
What actions can I take? - my employer doesn't recognise or accept that I have Bipolar?
If you feel that your employer is not carrying out the necessary checks and investigations to make any reasonable adjustments required, then please do not hesitate to contact us. It is a requirement under employment discrimination law that they do.
If you feel you were dismissed or discriminated against whilst in employment you have a claim against your employer for disability discrimination.
How do I bring a claim of disability discrimination?
There is no minimum length of employment required to bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal, but it is important that your case is lodged to ACAS within 3 months of the act of discrimination occurring. It is therefore essential that you obtain legal advice as early as possible.
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