Heatherwood & Wrexham Park Hospitals Trust v Beer

The EAT considered a case where stuttering was one of the symptoms of a mental impairment. Employment Appeal Tribunal, 2006. Full judgment: bailii.org. The claimant was employed by an NHS Trust. In November 2002 she was suspended from work following an incident involving a patient. In March 2003, her GP noted her ‘low mood’ but … Read more

S v Tesco

A person who stammers claimed she had been turned down for a job as a wages clerk because of her stammer. The appeal was on a procedural point, and so does not determine the outcome of the case. Employment Appeal Tribunal, 2006. Full decision: bailii.org. The claimant worked as a general assistant in a petrol … Read more

Y v Bradford Council

An employer adjusted the recruitment process for a person with a severe stammer by allowing written responses to pre-set interview questions, and a written equivalent of a presentation exercise. However, there was held to be a breach of the reasonable adjustment duty. The claimant had not been given enough time for the written presentation. Also … Read more

T v Office for National Statistics

The claimant was black and had a stammer. He was dismissed during his probationary period principally because of a “sharp and sudden decline in his attitude and behaviour”. The tribunal held his stammer was a disability within the DDA 1995, but his claim failed because the tribunal found he was not dismissed for a reason … Read more

Y v Calderdale Council

Employment Tribunal, Case No. 1806514/02, July 2003. An employment tribunal found that an employer had not made sufficient reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process for a person who stammers. More time was allowed for the interview, but the amount of information the person was able to convey compared to other candidates was still much reduced. … Read more

B v Apcoa Parking

Employment Tribunal, Case No. 2403061/02, November 2002 & April 2003. The applicant resigned his job as a parking attendant and successfully claimed to the Tribunal for unfair dismissal. The Tribunal agreed that because of the employer’s conduct the applicant had been constructively dismissed and the dismissal was unfair. A relatively small part of the relevant … Read more

A v Walkers Snack Foods Ltd

Employment Tribunal, Case no. 2500138/00, 4344/115, December 2001. Facts The employee was a packaging technician. These technicians were responsible for overseeing the running of machines on the packaging line, and for arranging for an engineer to be called in if a fault occurred. The employee had a stammer and claimed he was subject to “harassment, … Read more