Ruling on discrimination arising from a disability

A recent decision by the Court of Appeal has highlighted that employers need to look at the reasons behind an employee’s conduct.  The case acts as a useful reminder that when dealing with misconduct or performance issues with an employee who is disabled, care needs to be taken to avoid being found liable for unlawful […]

Employer’s guide to allergies at work

At this time of year, allergies, such as hay fever, can flare up. Allergies can be one of the reasons why an employee’s productivity goes down and why they are absent from work, so it is useful for all employers to think about what you can do to support employees. This will depend on the […]

Managing anxiety in the workplace

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Learn five key things to keep in mind when supporting employees with anxiety. Anxiety is a common mental health condition. In recent times, famous celebrities have been opening up about their struggles with anxiety, but as with most mental health conditions, there is still a real reluctance for people to speak out about it. It […]

Managing performance issues of disabled employees

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Imagine this scenario. You’ve noticed that one of your long-serving employees is struggling to perform their day to day duties. There have been a few times when they have become very anxious and suffered from panic attacks. In particular, you have seen some significant differences in the way that they interact with their colleagues and […]

Can a victim of discrimination refuse to work?

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Does discriminatory treatment permit an employee to refuse work? This was the question that was explored by the Court of Appeal in the case of Rochford v WND Global Services (UK) Ltd. Facts In this case, the employee worked in sales covering numerous business sectors. He suffered from a serious back condition and had surgery, […]

EAT rule on Perceived Disability Discrimination

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Does it amount to direct discrimination if an employer refuses a job to a non-disabled applicant because they believe that their condition could become a disability at a later date? In the case of Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) said yes. Equality Act basics Employers cannot discriminate on the […]

£75,000 compensation for reasonable adjustments mess up

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An employee has been awarded nearly £75,300 in compensation after their employer failed to make reasonable adjustments. As this employer found out, making mistakes when dealing with reasonable adjustments can mean you end up with some very costly consequences! The law There is a legal duty under the Equality Act to make reasonable adjustments for […]

Reasonable adjustments in the workplace

reasonable adjustments in the workplace

Are you familiar with the term ‘reasonable adjustments’? If not, it’s time to get well acquainted with the topic to avoid running the risk of disability discrimination claims at an Employment Tribunal. And if you already have some knowledge, there are still many opportunities to get caught out even if your intentions are good. What […]

Job applicant wins indirect discrimination case

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Employers may need to rethink their recruitment process for those job applicants with a disability after a recent ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). In Government Legal Service v Brookes, the EAT upheld the decision of the Employment Tribunal, concluding that a job applicant with Asperger’s syndrome suffered indirect discrimination as a result orequired […]

Reasonable Adjustments for Disabled Employees

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The scope of an employer’s duty to remove barriers disabled employees face in the workplace has always been debatable. In a recent case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that an employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010 could mean they must maintain the salary of a disabled employee who […]