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Just sued my last employer. They wisely settled.

To all of you out there worrying that the DDA won't mean you'll keep your job, here's a tale to cheer you up. My former employer was a disability charity but a new manager was appointed who knew about disability employment law what Bart Simpson knows about quantam physics. Anyway, she asked me if I was claiming DLA under the belief that if I wasn't, I wasn't really disabled. She took away my flexible working hours and claimed that I did not need specialist equipment to do my job, and she damn well wasn't going to pay for it.

She also made me photocopy hospital appointment letters, and left them lying about the office (data protection, any-one?)

Anyway, it got to the point where I could no longer work there. constructive dismissal, friends. But all was not lost! the Industrial Tribunal frowns on the withhlodling of reasonable adjustments and the unreasonable holding of medical appointment letters. Frankly, my employer was screwed and settled out of court.

It took 8 months for me to find another job. In this job I have a seat with arms, flexible hours, the right to work at home on really bad days and time off for appointments with no nosy feckers keeping hold of my details. Nice employers do exist.

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  • dorcasdorcas Posts: 3,538
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Good on you greneyedlady! and hello and welcome to the forum from me. :D

    It is good to read a story where challenging the unfair and discriminatory actions of an employer can result in something so positive.

    I'm sorry you had to go through all of that though..must have been stressful? but you sound so fiesty and determined aybe you had them running for cover from the start!

    nice to meet you and read your post. Iris x
  • snowballsnowball Posts: 3,523
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi greeneyedlady well done for standing up to them, my employers have screwed up big time too and will soon be doing what you have done i think, really pleased you now have another job with understanding employers.
    Julie
    ((((hugs)))) n xxxxx to ya all
  • topgirltopgirl Posts: 290
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    :D x
  • onedayoneday Posts: 1,650
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Good to hear....but i think you should have been reinstated and the naff manager should have left!!
  • speedalongspeedalong Posts: 3,347
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    A heartwarming tale - congratulations.

    You sound much better off where you are and your last employer has hopefully learnt to think twice before mistreating an employee with genuine health problems.

    Speedalong
    I have had OA since mid twenties. It affects my hips and knees. I had a THR on the left aged 30 and now have a resurface-replacement on the right - done May 2010.
  • denpendenpen Posts: 389
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi
    WOW that is great.
    good on you.
    we shouldnt let them get away with treating us like second class citizens.

    Denise.
  • greeneyedladygreeneyedlady Posts: 25
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    denpen wrote:
    Hi
    WOW that is great.
    good on you.
    we shouldnt let them get away with treating us like second class citizens.

    Denise.

    Exactly!

    Disability Discrimination laws aren't worth anything unless they are actually applied, so I really do feel when the law is broken we need to act.
  • dorcasdorcas Posts: 3,538
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    denpen wrote:
    Hi
    WOW that is great.
    good on you.
    we shouldnt let them get away with treating us like second class citizens.

    Denise.

    Exactly!

    Disability Discrimination laws aren't worth anything unless they are actually applied, so I really do feel when the law is broken we need to act.

    Hi greeneyed lady!

    you are a great example for others to follow. What a result! I admire your strength and determination in taking them on!

    Iris x
  • carolacarola Posts: 840
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Just bumping this post up to encourage Snowball who is going through similar
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