Disabled woman 'harassed and unfairly dismissed', tribunal rules

A woman was harassed and unfairly dismissed on the grounds of her disability, a Cardiff employment appeal tribunal has ruled.

Elizabeth Harris had been a support worker for Neath-based company Prospects for People with Learning Difficulties since 2002.

But the tribunal found that twice in 2010 she was suspended from her workplace without prior consultation for reasons relating to her disability, although the company was aware of it.

Prospects said that both times they had suspended Ms Harris on health and safety grounds, saying risk assessments had identified that Ms Harris may be at risk of injuring herself.

They appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, but the findings were upheld.

This is a victory for Elizabeth and for that I am very pleased. This situation, however, should never have happened in the first place and we hope that her victory will serve as a serious warning to Prospects, and any other employers, who fail to treat their employees appropriately.

– Mark Turner, UNISON Regional Organiser