Rebecca Downie V Department for Social Development & others [2015]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    1050/14 2443/14
  • Legal Body
    NI Industrial/Employment Tribunal (NIIET)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Disability Discrimination Act 1995; Reasonable Adjustment

The claimant worked for the respondent as an administrative officer. She suffered from an active and severe form of Crohn’s disease and was off work for a number of periods, underwent surgery and was diagnosed with anxiety. 

Due to being absent from work for 80 working days she met with her line manager pursuant to the ‘Inefficiency Sickness Absence Policy’ to see if any inefficiency action would be taken. The decision was taken to issue the claimant with a written warning, despite the fact that there were strong mitigating circumstances not least the serious illness of her father. 

The claimant argued, among other things, that by reason of her disabilities and her personal family

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This article is correct at 11/12/2015

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