29 May 2008
Firm found guilty of disability discrimination
A recent employment tribunal ruled that a company was guilty of direct and indirect disability discrimination, it has been revealed.
William Sinclair Holdings - a supplier of gardening and commercial horticulture products - was ordered to pay an employee a "substantial" compensation settlement as a result, the Lincolnshire Echo reports.
Jill Pardo suffers from an incurable degenerative illness named systemic sclerosis and claimed she was punished by the firm for taking time off sick.
Under a policy introduced by the company, staff accrued points for sick leave and, when they reached a certain number, disciplinary action was taken.
Despite being diagnosed with her medical condition, Ms Pardo was still disciplined for her absences, eventually being issued a final written warning.
Commenting on securing the compensation, the 49-year-old said: "I hope this ruling sends out a clear message to employers so people who find themselves in the same position as me are treated fairly and allowed to go on working on a level playing field."