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Teaching Assistant Harassed And Victimised By Head Who Told Her: 'I Can Do What I Want'
Thursday 18 April 2019
From the UK's People Management:
Teaching assistant harassed and victimised by head who told her: ‘I can do what I want’
Tribunal finds school guilty of disability discrimination against employee with fibromyalgia
A teaching assistant was harassed and victimised by the headmaster of her school, an employment tribunal found as it ruled in her favour in a disability discrimination case.
Mrs S Clifford worked as a volunteer teaching assistant at Aycliffe Village Primary School in County Durham from September 2005, becoming an employee in February 2006.
From 2015, her relationship with headmaster Jed Gargen began to deteriorate, the Teesside employment tribunal was told. Judge Johnson said the fact Gargen told his employee he could “do whatever he liked” and said he did not want her to return to work after sick leave – among other incidents – amounted to disability discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
The tribunal heard that Clifford, who has fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, experienced constant pain on a daily basis, and her health had deteriorated since her first diagnosis around the year 2000.
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