If you have cancer, the law considers you to be disabled. This means you cannot be treated less favourably than others because you have cancer. If you are treated less favourably because you have cancer, this is called discrimination.
Legislation protects you from being discriminated against at work because of cancer.
- If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, the Equality Act 2010 protects you.
- If you live in Northern Ireland, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) (as amended) protects you.
This legislation doesn’t just protect employees. It also protects people applying for jobs and, in many cases, people who are self-employed.
Carers are also protected from some types of discrimination.