Blog: The menopause - is it a workplace equality issue?
Employers often raise this issue during the Equality Commission's training seminars.
Many equality issues in the workplace come quickly to the Commission’s attention because people affected by them contact us with complaints. Sometimes, however, it is the other way round. Even though it is not a common cause of complaint to the Commission, the second most discussed issue discussed by employers at the Commission’s seminars last year was the impact of the menopause as an equality issue in the workplace. Issues arising from the menopause can sometimes have an effect on women’s ability to do their job effectively – and employers’ reaction to this can cause problems.
Paul Oakes, Manager of the Equality Commission's Advisory Services Team, looks at this issue further.