Buxton v Equinox Design

Employment Appeal Tribunal. [1999] IRLR 158. Full judgment: bailii.org. A multiple sclerosis sufferer was dismissed. The Industrial Tribunal awarded £7,627.50 compensation, including £500 for injury to feelings. The Employment Appeal Tribunal said that given there was no maximum limit on compensation the tribunal should have considered more carefully the compensation for future loss, perhaps involving … Read more

Ridout v TC Group

When applying for a job, the claimant disclosed she had photo-sensitive epilepsy controlled by medication. She said at the start of the interview she might be disadvantaged by the lighting in the room. The employer thought she just meant she might need to use the sunglasses which hung from her neck – which in fact … Read more

Kenrick v HJ Heinz Co Ltd

Employment Appeal Tribunal, 1999. Full decision: bailii.org. An employee was dismissed after a long period of being sick off work. Only after the dismissal did it become entirely clear that he had ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The Employment Tribunal held he had been unlawfully discriminated against. The EAT dismissed the employer’s appeal against this … Read more

Kapadia v London Borough of Lambeth

Employment Appeal Tribunal, 1999. Full decision: bailii.org. An accountant suffered from reactive depression and was retired on medical grounds. One of the issues was whether counselling which he was having with a consultant clinical psychologist fell within Schedule 1 para 6. The EAT held it did fall within para 6. The court therefore had to … Read more

Morse v Wiltshire County Council

Employment Appeal Tribunal, 1998. Full decision: bailii.org. The applicant was a road worker. In a redundancy situation, the employing Council preferred qualified drivers. The applicant had limited movement and grip in his right hand, stiffness in his right leg and a susceptibility to blackouts. These limitations led to his being selected for redundancy. The Industrial … Read more

Goodwin v Patent Office

Employment Appeal Tribunal, 1998. Full judgment: www.bailii.org. The applicant was a paranoid schizophrenic and had been dismissed by his employer following complaints of colleagues. He imagined that others could access his thoughts, and misinterpreted words and actions of colleagues in a paranoid way. Also, he often left the office, due to auditory hallucinations. However, he … Read more

Clark v Novacold

Court of Appeal, 1999. Full judgment bailii.org. The applicant was a process operator doing manual and physically demanding job. He suffered a back injury and was off work from August 1996. Medical reports thought it unlikely he could return to the job in the near future. He was accordingly dismissed. The industrial tribunal held he … Read more