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Amend the Equalities Act 2010 to include menopause as a protected characteristic

Submitted by Melanie Rushby on Wednesday 3rd August 2022

Published on Friday 5th August 2022

Current status: Open

Open until: Sunday 5th February 2023

Current Signatures: 3,280
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Petition Action

Amend the Equalities Act 2010 to include menopause as a protected characteristic

Petition Details

To help keep more women in the workplace for longer and to improve their rights I want the Government to add menopause to the Equalities Act 2010 as a protected characteristic, and require employers to make reasonable adjustments for menopausal women.

Additional Information

With the population of women being 51%, instead of women leaving their profession or organisation due to ignorance, out of date policies and unequal law, skilled and experienced women should be protected.

It is right for employers to make reasonable adjustments for the menopause in addition to their pregnancy and maternity needs. Research by BUPA shows that a significant number of women leave their employment early due to their symptoms and experiences of the menopause.


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