Redundancy Process and Sickness (Stress) - what are my rights?

Hi All,

On Monday, my employers told my manager group that there will be compulsory redundancies and we will have to apply for our own jobs. There are three positions (with six of us at risk).

I am currently working under 'reasonable adjustments' due to severe depression. I am also coping with huge personal stress, as my husband is terminally ill with cancer and he has short life expectancy (months). I have continued to work, as I have been able to perform my duties accordingly (although not without difficulty - brain fog etc).

This news has sent me over the edge. I am having awful panic attacks, extreme anxiety and bouts of floods of tears. I have had an occupational health assessment and I have it in writing that I qualify for provisions under the Equality Act.

My questions are:
- can I be made to go through the interview process in light of my current mental state?
- would I be better going off sick with stress leave? My GP has offered me this option on a few occasions, but I have chosen to stay working to give me some routine and because sick leave provision isn't great. (We need the money).

How would you advise me to tackle this? My brain is not working properly at the moment and I'm extremely distressed about what's been put forward to me at work.

Thank you so much.
Meet your Ambassadors


  • All Categories
  • 341.9K Banking & Borrowing
  • 249.7K Reduce Debt & Boost Income
  • 449.2K Spending & Discounts
  • 234K Work, Benefits & Business
  • 606.2K Mortgages, Homes & Bills
  • 172.5K Life & Family
  • 246.9K Travel & Transport
  • 1.5M Hobbies & Leisure
  • 15.8K Discuss & Feedback
  • 15.1K Coronavirus Support Boards