Wood v Durham County Council [2018]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
  • Legal Body
    Employment Appeal Tribunal (UKEAT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Dismissal; Disability Discrimination; Alleged Manifestation of the Disorder; Qualifying Disability

The claimant worked as an Anti-Social Behaviour Officer at the respondent Council. He went to a chemist and left without paying for items he had placed in his bag. As a result of this incident he was ultimately dismissed from his job. He contended that he had post-traumatic stress disorder and associated amnesia and memory loss. In a disability discrimination claim, he argued that this caused forgetfulness and was the reason he forgot to pay for the items.

The respondent accepted that the claimant suffered from PTSD and that this was recognised as a disability under the Equality Act. However, it argued that the incident in the chemist arose out of the claimant’s inclination or tendency to

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This article is correct at 06/12/2018

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