20,000 people diagnosed with cancer each year will face discrimination at work

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New research by Macmillan Cancer Support and YouGov reveals that an estimated 20,000 of those who are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK will face discrimination in their workplace. The research found that 18% who return to work after being diagnosed with cancer say they faced discrimination from their employer or colleagues, e.g. not making reasonable changes to enable coping with fatigue, having an unfavourable appraisal or performance review linked to cancer or feeling bullied or harassed for a reason connected with cancer. Macmillan is calling on employers to make sure that they have appropriate policies in place and that their HR and line managers have the skills to support staff affected by cancer. It is also vital that employers make reasonable adjustments which could enable employees with cancer to stay in or return to work if they want to.

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