The 2010 Equality Act does offer some protection for terminally ill employees, however, the act still allows employers to dismiss a terminally ill employee if they fail a capability assessment with ‘reasonable adjustments’.
The Dying to Work campaign would like to see terminal illness recognised as a ‘protected characteristic’ so that an employee with a terminal illness would enjoy a ‘protected period’ where they could not be dismissed as a result of their condition.
Such protection would give every person battling terminal conditions the choice of how to spend their final months and the peace of mind to know their job was protected and the future
financial security of their family was guaranteed.
- Reduced income and loss of financial security.
- Loss of stimulation, dignity and normality associated with being in employment.
- Undergoing an inevitably stressful and upsetting HR procedure.
- Loss of ‘Death in Service’ and ‘Life Assurance’ payments to family members and loved ones.