21 October 2008
Worker secures compensation for disability discrimination and harassment
A man has been successful in his claim of disability discrimination and harassment.
John Cooper secured compensation of £8,800 after a panel of employment judges ruled in his favour during a recent hearing, the Camden New Journal reports.
The 46-year-old housing surveyor took Camden council to tribunal after being forced to work in situations which caused him to suffer spells of vertigo.
In 2002, Mr Cooper had been diagnosed with Meniere's disease - a condition of the inner ear which is thought to affect around one in a thousand people in the UK, according to NHS figures.
Despite telling his employers that forcing him to negotiate the winding bus routes of Hampstead and West Hampstead would aggravate his vertigo, he was forced to start working in the area in January last year after previously having operated in Holborn.
He went on suffer from daily bouts of vertigo that left him depressed and unable to work.
Responding to the verdict, a council spokeswoman said: "Camden council can confirm we have not been successful in the John Cooper employment tribunal case."