MANY diabetics will be classed as disabled under the Equality Act 2010 according to the charity Diabetes UK. The law defines a disability as a “physical or mental impairment that has a substantial longterm negative effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”.
For the most part, there is no legal requirement to disclose diabetes, and the decision whether to tell an employer is up to the individual.
However, if an employer does not know, and could not reasonably have been expected to know that you have diabetes, you may not be able to rely on the Equality Act if you feel you have been discriminated against. The Equality Act classes a disability as something with a substantial negative effect
Some jobs involving safety-critical work will have health requirements that may exclude some people with certain medical conditions, including diabetes. Type 2 diabetes now affects a tenth of UK adults, with a new diagnosis made, on average, every two minutes.
Diabetes UK also found that many sufferers have to give up work for safety reasons.
Some jobs involving safety-critical work will have health requirements that may exclude some people with certain medical conditions, including diabetes.