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Cancer isn’t fair, but employers have to be

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People with cancer are protected by law from unfair treatment at work.

Under the Equality Act 2010 (England, Wales and Scotland) and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Northern Ireland), it’s unlawful for an employer to discriminate against someone because they have, or have had, cancer.

Lisa, who had uterine cancer, found out about her rights, which helped her feel more equipped to speak to her employer. She says ‘Macmillan informed me of my rights at work - I now feel stronger’. Find out more at and make sure that your patients who are working know their rights by signposting them to this website.

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