22 August 2008
Worker wins £90k in employment discrimination case
A disabled local authority worker has been successful in her claim of employment discrimination.
Ruth Hickling resigned from her post as a social work manager at Aberdeen city council last year, claiming she had been treated unfairly.
The 50-year-old, who had worked for the organisation since 1990, also alleged that her employers had failed to make workplace adjustments to ease her back pain.
Ms Hickling had a history of back pain and was forced to take several periods of sick leave from her role due to suffering from sciatica, which is caused by pressure on a nerve.
The 50-year-old claimed that recommendations made by medical experts that the council buy two special chairs which would enable her to sit for longer spells were ignored.
During a recent tribunal, it was ruled that she had been the victim of discrimination and she was awarded £90,000 in compensation.