Stammering case with impact statement, 2020

Below are an impact statement and other documents used in an employment tribunal case in 2020, arguing that the stammer (a severe one) was a disability within the Equality Act. Documents The documents were not professionally drafted and aren’t presented as recommended documents. However they illustrate that even with a severe stammer such as this … Read more

Website updates September to October 2020

Stammering case with impact statement, 2020 Impact statement and other documents used in an employment tribunal case in 2020, arguing that the stammer (a severe one) was a disability within the Equality Act. See Stammering case with impact statement, 2020. Also new Proving disability page. Staff disability networks Apart from stammering networks, any network for … Read more

“Find the right words” campaign by Stamma

This campaign aims to kick-start a conversation around the negative language used when talking about stammering, and help those who don’t stammer to understand that this is just how some people talk. It uses outdoor digital adverts and social media. Do engage with the campaign on social media: stamma.org/findtherightwords. You can download ISAD social media … Read more

Website updates July to August 2020

Stammering starting in adulthood Disability: Stammering starting in adulthood updated. Also summary of Walker v Sita, 2013 expanded and update of SCA Packaging v Boyle, 2009. Justification test in indirect discrimination Indirect discrimination>Justification defence added, plus case on it from a couple of years ago: City of Oxford Bus Services Ltd t/a Oxford Bus Company … Read more

Robinson v Department for Work and Pensions

An employment tribunal held that various failures by the employer, including delay in dealing with a grievance on disability, were unlawful ‘discrimination arising from disability’ (s.15 EqA). The Court of Appeal overturned the decision. The tribunal normally had to consider the employer’s thought processes in deciding whether the employer’s reason for the delay (or other … Read more

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Social distancing for the coronavirus can present extra challenges for people who stammer. The move away from meeting face-to-face due to social distancing requirements (below) can create particular difficulties if one has a stammer. Equality Act obligations still apply, but they are applying to new situations, and what is reasonable or justifiable will be affected … Read more

G v British Airways

The tribunal refused to allow a claimant to amend his claim to add disability discrimination related to stammering. From listening to him, the tribunal said there was a “discernible, very mild stammer” which the tribunal very much doubted was a disability. In any event, the sheer weight of evidence explaining the rejection of his job … Read more

Website updates May to June 2020

New tribunal decisions on stammering Customer service job In G v British Airways, the employment tribunal refused to allow a claimant to amend his claim to add disability discrimination related to stammering. From listening to him, the tribunal said there was a “discernible, very mild stammer” which the tribunal very much doubted was a disability. … Read more

C v Spencer & Arlington

The claimant was dismissed for various reasons including bullying and threatening colleagues. The employment tribunal rejected a claim he had a stammer which (he said) started in adulthood. He contended that the stammer was why he had raised his voice in a meeting, but he gave a different explanation at the time. He had not … Read more

Website updates March to April 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Social distancing for Coronavirus can present extra challenges for people who stammer, as regards both employment and services. How might the Equality Act apply? See Coronavirus (Covid-19). Another issue is that courts are moving to more telephone and video hearings due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19). How this impacts on stammering and other disabilities … Read more