08 April 2009
Woman seeks compensation over claims of work-related sickness
A woman who claims that a condition she suffers from was made worse by her working conditions is seeking a payout.
Elizabeth Andrews had to take over a year off work after her Crohn's disease worsened.
The 40-year-old was transferred from her role at Tate Britain in Millbank to the Tate Modern.
She claims that she made the move only reluctantly and because she felt she had no choice.
According to Ms Andrews, the size of the Tate Modern and its air conditioning system caused her Crohn's disease to flare up.
She said: "It became clear that it was not suitable for me. It is a much bigger and colder building than Tate Britain. The air conditioning from the CCTV room where I worked from time to time made my [Crohn's] worse."
A condition that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, Crohn's disease usually starts between the ages of 15 and 40 and is slightly more common in women than men.