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Nearly seven in ten menopausal women face workplace discrimination, poll suggests

NEARLY seven in 10 menopausal women face discrimination at work, a survey has found.

A poll of over 2,000 people conducted by Forth, a hormone-testing company, found that just 69 per cent believed women were subject to workplace discrimination due to the menopause. 

Broken down by gender, it rose to 74 per cent for women and 64 per cent for men, the research found.

Dr Beverley Taylor, the company’s menopause expert, said: “There is much work to be done to increase overall awareness and reduce the impact of menopause symptoms at work.” 

Last December, Unite union reps called for menopause awareness training to be made mandatory for employers after a survey found that 83 per cent of women do not have access to workplace support for symptoms.

Menopause symptoms could be considered a disability if they have a long-term and substantial impact on a woman’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities, says guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.


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