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Perth and Kinross Council settle disability discrimination case with former solicitor

November 19, 2014

A former employee of a Scottish council has settled a legal action against her former employers after she won various claims at a tribunal hearing. Valerie Gauld, a solicitor who formerly worked at Perth and Kinross Council, brought claims for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal against the council after she was […]

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Disabled woman wins Employment Tribunal claim over toilet issues

April 16, 2014

A disabled mother-of-three has won her claim for discrimination in the Employment Tribunal after it was found that her employer had failed to make reasonable adjustments to the workplace to accommodate her disability. Mrs Karen Sharpe, 44, who has the neurological condition multiple sclerosis (MS), made her Employment Tribunal claim after she had a dispute […]

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Former PWC partner fails in disability discrimination claim

May 16, 2013

A former PriceWaterhouseCoopers partner has failed in his appeal against an industrial tribunal’s decision that he was not subject to disability discrimination. Mr Colin Tenner, who had joined PWC in 1987, had suffered for years from workplace stress, anxiety and depression. In late 2007 he was signed off work and remained on sick leave for […]

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Is obesity a disability?

March 31, 2013

Each year, countless millions of people mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ by unwrapping egg and bunny-shaped chocolates (and ceremoniously scoffing them down): around 80 million Easter eggs are purchased and eaten annually in the UK alone. I too have indulged in a traditional treat (or two) this Easter Sunday. While for many such sugary […]

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Volunteer settles Employment Tribunal discrimination claim

January 6, 2013

A disabled woman has settled her Employment Tribunal claim against the London Organising Committe of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (“LOCOG”) after a recent Court of Appeal decision. Ms Tracy Part, 42, started volunteering for LOCOG in their catering department last year, working primarily in the Athletes Village prior to the start of the […]

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Veteran Disability Benefits

November 29, 2012

Each year, hundreds of military service members are injured while serving their country. Though many of these injuries occur while actively fighting in the line of duty, others happen during times of peace. Upon their discharge from the armed forced, military veterans who have been diagnosed with a disability are eligible to receive a variety […]

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Disabled Workers Eligible for Texas Supplemental Security Income

November 19, 2012

The recent, and some say current, recession has made it harder for disabled people to find even part time work.  In a good economy part time or contract jobs are more readily available for those that due to health reasons cannot work full time.  With millions of Americans jobless the once fully employed workers are […]

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Stress at work – how you should deal with it

August 28, 2012

The workplace is an inherently stressful environment. It is estimated that in 2008 13.5 million working days in the United Kingdom were “lost” to stress, costing employers up to £381 million pounds per year. As well as being bad for business, stress also has a pernicious effect on employees: stress at work not only affects […]

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Overview of disability discrimination law

July 1, 2012

Definition of Disability Whilst s.4 of the Equality Act 2010 (EA 2010) sets out that disability is a protected characteristic, the main definition of ‘disability’ is taken from case law and has been enshrined in s.6(1) EA 2010. The case of Goodwin v Patent Office provides 4 necessary elements for disability :- physical or mental […]

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Action to take to counter disability discrimination at work

June 1, 2012

Leading a life with a disability presents many challenges, and unfortunately, one of them may be knowing how to handle workplace discrimination. Whether intentional or accidental, this kind of situation can be uncomfortable, embarrassing, or even threatening to you. Here is a step-by-step guide to handling disabilities discrimination in the workplace. If you feel that […]

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