14 April 2008
City worker wins claim of unfair dismissal, victimisation and disability discrimination
A City worker has been successful in her claims of unfair dismissal, victimisation and disability discrimination, it has been revealed.
Julie Pine, who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), was made redundant from her post as an administrator with investment firm Cinven in December 2006.
CFS, which is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, is a long-term tiredness that does not go away as a result of sleep or rest.
During a recent employment tribunal, it was judged that the 31-year-old had been dismissed because there was no more work to do and not because she was disabled.
However, the panel found that the company had failed to make reasonable adjustments for her disability and did not adhere to procedures when sacking her.
It criticised the firm for not offering Ms Pine part-time or home-based work when some of her roles came to an end while she was on long-term sick leave.
Chairwoman of the panel, Elizabeth Potter, commented: "The tribunal's conclusion is of unfair dismissal. The claimant was not offered an alternative to redundancy."