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UK Woman Sacked From NHS Trust For Having Too Many Sick Days Wins Disability Discrimination Case
Wednesday 11 March 2020
From UK news outlet Chronicle Live:
Woman sacked from NHS trust for having too many sick days wins disability discrimination case
Tess Ward has been awarded £122,000 after winning her disability discrimination fight against the trust which runs the North East's mental health services
A woman sacked from the North East's NHS mental health trust for having too many sick days has been awarded a six figure sum after winning her disability discrimination fight.
Tess Ward worked for the Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear Trust (CNTW) for 17 years, but suffered with chronic fatigue syndrome and ME for almost half of that time.
A tribunal heard that in 2011 the trust made an adjustment to its sickness absence management policy (SAMP) to allow Ms Ward to have up to five absences in a 12-month period before triggering the policy instead of the standard three absences.
Ms Ward, from Wallsend, said she "managed fine" for four years with that adjustment - but it 2015 it was "abruptly removed" by the trust.
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