Employers must create a more 'understanding' environment to make fair adjustments for women experiencing the menopause, legal experts have told MPs.
Menopausal women who work face stigma and ignorance about the condition, the women and equalities committee heard yesterday.
Menopause should be a protected characteristic in employment law rather than a disability in discrimination cases, lawyers said.
The committee's inquiry into menopause and the workplace heard evidence two days after research indicated more than one million women in the UK could be forced out of jobs this year because of a lack of employer support during the menopause.
Almost two-thirds of women surveyed said their workplace had not introduced any kind of policy to make things easier for them.
Lawyers suggested that employees should have direct access