Case update (3): Disability discrimination – cause of misconduct

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Summary: Can a dismissal for misconduct be discriminatory even if the employer does not know that a disability has caused the misconduct? Yes, says the Court of Appeal in City of York Council v Grosset available here. Facts:  The employee, Mr Grosset was employed as a teacher. He had cystic fibrosis, which the parties agreed…
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Case update (2): Disability discrimination – long working hours

Summary:  Can an expectation that an employee work long hours amount to a provision, criterion or practice which requires reasonable adjustments for a disabled employee? Yes, says the Court of Appeal in United First Partners Research v Carreras available here. Background: an employer is obliged to make reasonable adjustments where there is a provision, criterion…
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Case update (3): Disability discrimination – are you in the know?

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Summary:  Does an employer have to take every possible step to establish whether an employee is disabled to avoid having constructive knowledge of disability? No, says the Court of Appeal in Donelien v Liberata UK Ltd available here. Facts:  The employer, Liberata, employed Ms Donelien for nearly 11 years as a court officer until it…
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Case update(1): Disability discrimination – careful what you perceive

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Summary:  Can an employer discriminate directly because of a perceived disability? Yes, says the EAT in Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey, available here. Facts: Lisa Coffey was a police constable. Although she had some hearing loss which was marginally outside the range set for recruitment, she had passed a practical functionality test and was…
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Case update (1): Human rights and monitoring at work

What do we already know? We updated you in our January 2016 Newsletter Human rights and monitoring at work on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decision in Bărbulescu v Romania that an employee’s right to respect for private and family life was not breached if their employer monitored their personal communications at work…
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Case update (1): Disability discrimination – unfavourable advantageous treatment

Summary:  Was a disabled employee treated unfavourably (and therefore discriminated against) when his enhanced pension on ill-health retirement was based on the salary he earned when working part time due to his disability, rather than his full time salary? No, says the Court of Appeal in Williams v The Trustees of Swansea University Pension &…
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Case Update (2): Disability discrimination and redundancy

Summary:  If an employee’s long term sickness absence shows lack of need for the role and the employer make that role redundant, does this amount to disability discrimination? No, says the EAT in Charlesworth –v- Dransfields Engineering Services Ltd available here.   Facts:  Mr Charlesworth, the employee, managed one of four branches of the employer’s…
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Case update (3): Disability discrimination – reasonable adjustments

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Summary:  Is it disability discrimination to make a job applicant with Asperger’s syndrome sit a situational judgment test (multiple choice test) as part of the recruitment process? Yes, says the EAT in the Government Legal Service v Brookes, available here. Facts:  Ms Brookes has Asperger’s syndrome and applied to join the Government Legal Service (‘GLS’)…
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Case update (3): Disability discrimination – harassment

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Summary:  Can an employee successfully claim harassment by simply asserting he or she has a disability without establishing that they are disabled under the Equality Act 2010? No, says the EAT in Peninsula Business Service Ltd v Baker available here. Facts:  The employee, Mr Baker, had been employed by Peninsula Business Services Ltd (PBS), the…
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Case update (3): Disability discrimination – Type 2 diabetes

Summary:  Can type 2 diabetes be a disability? Yes, says the EAT in Taylor v Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming Ltd available here. Background:  Under the Equality Act 2010, a person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to…
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