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Employment lawyer’s claim for disability discrimination dismissed

Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton

In the case of S Langi v OH Parsons LLP, Mr Sam Langi, an employment lawyer, said that he was a disabled person within the meaning of section 6 Equality Act 2010 due to back injury, hypertension, and anxiety and depression.

Mr Langi’s disability impact statement states that the claimant sustained a back injury following a road traffic accident in May 2019, the evidence set out in the statement is contested by his employer on the basis that it is an exaggerated account of his condition.

Employment Judge Gumbiti-Zimuto said it was clear Sam Langi had suffered a back injury in a car accident that impacted on his day-to-day activities, but that it did not meet the definition of a disability because it would not last for a year, let alone the rest of his life.

Following the accident, the solicitor said he was “pretty constantly bed bound from August 2019 through to around April 2020”, yet during that time made appearances at the London East Employment Tribunal and worked on occasion at another location an hour away from his home.

The judge stated “ I have come to the conclusion that the claimant was a not a disabled person by reason of back injury at the relevant time and he has not adduced evidence to show that his hypertension is a disability.”

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