£25k compensation for employee with Dyspraxia

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust

£25k award for Dyspraxia discrimination

Details of the compensation paid to an employee with Dyspraxia have just need made public. Kerry Pearce was a Midwife at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust, who took her employer to Court in 2022.

Ms Pearce alleged that she had been constructively dismissed, had been discriminated against due to her Dyspraxia and anxiety. She also alleged she had been victimised. An Employment Tribunal upheld her claim in 2023.

Although the Trust had denied the claims, it did concede that it had prior knowledge of the disability. This meant the Trust had a duty to make reasonable adjustments to support Ms. Pearce.

Ms Pearce claimed that she had been poorly treated over a number of years, as well as moved between roles without consultation, training or adjustments being made to accommodate her Dyspraxia.

Following a series of complaints that had been made about Ms Pearce by a patient, meetings were held with management to discuss her performance. She was allegedly not offered any support, nor to be accompanied at the meeting by a representative.

The lack of support provision during the meetings was classed as discrimination, as Sections 20 and
 of the Equality Act 2010 stipulate that support must be provided during formal meetings.

The Tribunal dismissed a number of other complaints regarding the alleged failure to make reasonable adjustments.

Ms Pearce was awarded a total of £25,254 for unfair dismissal, injury to feelings and loss of earnings.

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