In Murphy v Northumberland County Council, M is disabled suffering from a physical impairment to her feet, with a history of hypermobility. Following an operation on M’s foot she was absent from work for 18 months. During a meeting to discuss M’s absence and the possibility of a return to work, the Operational Manager (OM) stated that she had been busy, that M’s absence had been ongoing for some time which had caused difficulties for the team in which M worked and that a job for her could not be made to “magically appear”. In a subsequent meeting the OM indicated towards M’s feet and asked her how long was “this disabled thing” going to go on. The ET found that both instances amounted to harassment related to disability. While there had been no intent to offend in either case, nevertheless, the effect was to create an intimidating working environment.
Asking how long “this disabled thing” was going to go on was harassment
Article by: Makbool Javaid |