Search
Close this search box.

Amazon worker wins failure to make reasonable adjustments claim after being put at disadvantage by being asked to attend morning meeting

In Mr. R P v Amazon UK Services Limited, an Edinburgh tribunal ruled that Amazon put an employee with anxiety and bipolar disorder at a “substantial disadvantage” by scheduling morning occupational health meetings despite his request for afternoon times due to medication effects.

In Mr R P v Amazon UK Services Limited an Amazon worker with “debilitating” anxiety and bipolar disorder was put at a “substantial disadvantage” by being asked to attend morning meetings with occupational health, an Edinburgh tribunal has ruled.

Mr RP had been working at Amazon UK as a capacity planner from July 2021. In October 2022, his manager began raising concerns about his performance.

By the following March his manager had not seen sufficient improvement and informed Mr RP that, as per company policy, he could either take a settlement offer and leave Amazon’s employment or be moved on to a formal performance improvement plan. He had by 17 March to respond; however, he went off sick because of anxiety from 13 March 2023.

Thereafter, he lodged a formal grievance and remained off work. After being put in touch with occupational health, a meeting was scheduled for 7 June, and Mr RP requested it take place in the afternoon as “his medication was impacting him in the morning”; however, this request was not passed on and the meeting took place at 8.45am. In the end, Mr RP left his role on 6 July.

Employment judge Sangster found that Mr RP was “placed at a substantial disadvantage” by having to attend occupational health meetings at stipulated times.

The court ruled: “The respondent was aware that the claimant was a disabled person at that time and that he would be placed at that substantial disadvantage in comparison to those who do not have the same disability and whether the respondent was aware that the claimant was likely to be placed at this disadvantage.”

Amazon was ordered to pay Mr RP £1,596.99, including interest, by way of compensation for injury to feelings.

Read more

Latest News

Read More

Guide to effective neurodiversity training to managers

24 July 2024

Newsletter

Receive the latest HR news and strategic content

Please note, as per the GDPR Legislation, we need to ensure you are ‘Opted In’ to receive updates from ‘theHRDIRECTOR’. We will NEVER sell, rent, share or give away your data to third parties. We only use it to send information about our products and updates within the HR space To see our Privacy Policy – click here

Latest HR Jobs

University Of The Arts LondonSalary: £32,624 to £39,342 per annum This provides summary information and comment on the subject areas covered. Where employment tribunal and

University of Oxford – Radcliffe Department of Medicine, MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular MedicineSalary: £28,759 to £33,966 per annum, with a discretionary range to £37,099

Swansea University – Human ResourcesSalary: £45,585 to £54,395 per annum This provides summary information and comment on the subject areas covered. Where employment tribunal and

Job Title: HR Director Location: Kent, United Kingdom Job Type: Full-time Salary: £60,000-£80,000pa Job Description: Reed HR are seeking an experienced HR Director to join

Read the latest digital issue of theHRDIRECTOR for FREE

Read the latest digital issue of theHRDIRECTOR for FREE