04 December 2007
Woman suing council over alleged discrimination
A woman who has been diagnosed with clinical depression is suing her former employer for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal, Workplace Law Network reports.
Sandra Samuel, who had worked for the London Borough of Waltham Forest council, was diagnosed with clinical depression in 1994.
Ms Samuel was dismissed in 2004 following a disciplinary hearing, in which her condition was not taken into account - the council later admitted.
She was subsequently reinstated in her position. However, it is alleged that her employers strongly implied that they were unhappy with her return and delayed finding her a role.
After significant delay, the council eventually found her a position, which she says was unsuitable. It also would not allow her to operate on a 24-hour week, which is what she did previously.
In 2006, Ms Samuel, who is being represented by law firm Russell Jones & Walker, sought other work and was offered a position at another local council.
However, this offer was retracted following a detrimental reference supplied by her former employers.