Although the UK Equality Act, like the US ADA, prohibits disability discrimination, a Macmillan Cancer Support/YouGov online survey says that 37% of employees who undergo cancer treatment report discrimination, an increase from 23% in 2010. It also found that 9% felt harassed enough to quit, and 13% reported lack of reasonable accommodations.
The Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support noted that:
“As our population grows and ages, and the retirement age rises, cancer will become an increasingly common issue for employees and their managers. It’s vital they are equipped to help people with cancer stay in work. It isn’t difficult and it is likely to be cheaper and easier than recruiting a replacement or defending a discrimination claim.”