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Employers could be sued if ‘reasonable adjustments’ for menopausal women not made

Healthcare Feb 27, 2024 at 10:29

Employers could be sued if 'reasonable adjustments' for menopausal women not made

Bosses are being advised to make changes in the workplace such as providing quiet rooms and fans and considering room temperatures to accommodate menopausal women.

Employers could be sued if they do not make “reasonable adjustments” for menopausal women in the workplace, the equalities watchdog has said.

New guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) clarifies employers’ legal obligations to menopausal women and encourages them to “adapt their policies and practices accordingly”.

It recommends that bosses consider things such as room temperature and ventilation as well as providing rest areas or quiet rooms for women experiencing hot flushes.

Flexible working should be considered, including being allowed to work from home, and start and finish times should be varied if a woman has had a bad night’s sleep or on a warmer day, the guidance recommends.

Relaxing uniform policies or allowing menopausal women to wear cooler clothes as well as providing fans could also be a way of helping them, according to the EHRC.

Research showed that one in 10 women who have worked during  menopause  have left their jobs due to symptoms, the EHRC said.

Two-thirds of working women between the ages of 40 and 60 with experience of menopausal symptoms said they have had a largely negative impact on them at work, studies have also found.