69% of Endometriosis sufferers face discrimination at work - MPs launch inquiry

69% of Endometriosis sufferers face discrimination at work - MPs launch inquiry
  • 1 in 10 women have Endometriosis [1]

  • 1.5 million people suffering Endometriosis pain [2]

  • 69% of Endometriosis sufferers face discrimination at work [2]

Excitingly, today, MPs have launched an inquiry on the back of BBC research in October 2019 which found that of over 13,500 of respondents suffering with Endometriosis and its symptoms had nearly all said it had badly affected their career, sex life and mental health. Most said it had impacted on their education and most said they rely on prescription painkillers every month including potentially addictive opioids, and around half said they had experienced suicidal thoughts. An estimated 1.5 million people across the UK population could be affected.

This research is supported by Endometriosis UK’s recent survey findings of 1,000 women sufferers of endometriosis, 69% of whom have faced discrimination in the workplace because of their condition.

This is a topic our Carrie-Ann Randall knows all too well and has been championing for some time.  Carrie-Ann has been working hard to get this in front of people and in particular offer employment advice.  Work is something that we all generally do for necessity rather than enjoyment.  A considerable amount of employers are not aware of the condition, its effects and its impact.  This means that so many women are being left unsupported in roles that they have no choice but to endure as they are financially dependant on the monthly or weekly income.  Carrie-Ann is taking on the fight and offering support to all women who are effected. 

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a chronic condition which affects women, resulting from cellular endometrium growing in the abdomen and reproductive organs.  It is thought of like Japanese knot weed, appearing in places without explanation causing significant damage and pain.  It has no means of stopping, repeatedly reoccurring regardless of any treatment.  It is a terribly debilitating pain.

Have you been treated badly, discriminated against by your employer because of your endometriosis and associated conditions?

Carrie-Ann is an Employment Law specialist that also suffers with Endometriosis.  As highlighted her passion is to erode discrimination connected to this condition and those associated.  If you feel you have been treated badly or fear reprisal from seeking support, contact Endometriosis lawyer specialist Carrie-Ann Randall crandall@lawson-west.co.uk.  Take a look at some of the articles Carrie-Ann has done and interviews she has been involved in through the links below. 

Sources:

https://endometriosis-uk.org/news/mps-launch-inquiry-investigate-challenges-faced-15-million-endometriosis-37618#.XkF-LRxxeUk  [2]

https://endometriosis-uk.org/news/bbc-research-announced-today-wake-call-provide-better-care-15-million-endometriosis-37606#.XkGA_xxxeUl   [1]

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49897873 

https://www.lawson-west.co.uk/for-people/services/employment/articles/endometriosis-in-the-workplace-the-plight-of-sufferers

 

 

 

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