Our experts understand causation and are often required to compare the likely impact of different causes
Psychiatrists are often required to assess employees where it is alleged that they have been subject of discrimination on the basis of a characteristic that is protected by the Equality Act 2010 such as sex, sexual orientation, race or disability. In cases where discrimination is being alleged on the grounds of disability, a psychiatrist may be instructed to assess an employee to conclude whether the employee is impaired to assist the tribunal in concluding whether the employee has a disability under section 6(1) of the Equality Act 2010. Our psychiatrists are used to assessing whether an employee’s mental impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the employee’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
In other cases, a psychiatrist may be instructed to address the issue of psychiatric damage. Our psychiatrists have experience of providing expert opinion on the issue of psychiatric damage which may have arisen from the discrimination. Our experts understand causation and are often required to compare the likely impact of different causes. Our experts have experience in dealing with joint instructions.