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Mental health problems can lead to 42% pay gap

Maarten Van Overeem

Painting by Aldo van den Broek

Painting by Aldo van den Broek

British workers with depression or anxiety face a life of lower earnings, according to Equality and Human Rights Commission. People suffering from mental health problems such as depression and panic attacks earn up to 42% less than their peers, prompting the government’s equalities watchdog to brand the pay gap “a disgrace”.

“We must do more to tackle the injustice in our society of this mental health pay gap,” said David Isaac, EHRC chair. The figures revealed “the hidden disgrace of British society’s pay gap for men and women living with depression and panic attacks”, he added.

From: The Guardian, August 6, 2016