28 January 2008
Firm made to pay after discriminating against deaf job candidate
A company has been ordered to pay compensation to a man who was denied an interview because he is deaf, the Wimbledon Guardian reports.
Keith Wynn applied for a job at Multipulse Electronics but was told his interview was cancelled because the firm had failed to organise a sign language interpreter.
Following failed attempts to get his interview rescheduled, the 45-year-old sought legal advice.
During a hearing in south London, Multipulse Electronics admitted to not asking Mr Wynn about whether additional resources would be necessary to accommodate him and the tribunal ruled that he had been less favourably treated on the grounds of his disability.
Additionally, it was decided that only very slight adjustments would have been needed in order to enable him to work for the company.
In March last year, there were 54,500 people on the UK's register of the deaf, according to NHS statistics.