17 July 2009
Woman dismissed after period of ill-health achieves employment tribunal success
A woman who was dismissed from her role in a school after a period of ill-health has been successful in her employment tribunal claims.
Jacqueline Crockford, who was a librarian at West Bridgford School, suffered from nervous anxiety, which the tribunal chairman ruled should have been classed as a disability, This is Nottingham reports.
According to Peter Britton, the school's management were "somewhat unaware" of the Disability Discrimination Act, which promotes civil rights for disabled people and protects them from discrimination.
During 2006 and 2007, the 55-year-old suffered from a severe throat infection, a virus and a breakdown after she experienced increases in her workload.
It was ruled that her anxiety had a substantial impact on her everyday life and her employers should have made reasonable adjustments to accommodate this fact.
Ms Crockford will now take her case to a further tribunal where she will claim harassment and unfair dismissal