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Disabled Worker Repeatedly Made To Move Desks By Islington Council Despite Contrary Medical Advice, Judge Rules
Thursday 25 April 2019
From UK newspaper the Islington Gazette:
Disabled worker repeatedly made to move desks by Islington Council despite contrary medical advice, judge rules
A disabled employee was made to “hotdesk” by Islington Council despite repeated calls from medical consultants to give her a fixed place to work, a judge has ruled.
In January Judge McNeill QC upheld a discrimination complaint against Islington Council – ordering the town hall to pay the worker more than £10,000 in compensation, as reported by the Gazette at the time.
But it wasn't until last week the reasons behind the ruling were published. They reveal the claimant sufferers from asthma and fibromyalgia – a long-term condition causing pain all over the body – and that a doctor, occupational health physician and an ergonomist all advised the council to make accommodation for her owing to her disability.
The tribunal heard how the council employee – who has worked there since 1984 – was made to move desks depending on shifts, at her office in Newington Barrow, Finsbury Park. The tribunal heard how, owing to her fibromyalgia, “the position in which she sits at work has a significant impact on her condition”; and that “her asthma is triggered by sitting in the direct path of air conditioning units”.
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