06 August 2009
Senior press officer sues MoD over alleged disability discrimination
A former senior press officer at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is suing the organisation under disability legislation.
John Salisbury-Baker claims that the nature of his role led him to suffer stress-related illnesses.
According to the 62-year-old, having to hold back information from the families of dead troops led him to suffer serious damage to his health.
He claims that his employers failed to make adequate provision for an existing stress illness, which had been accepted by the MoD has a disability.
In 2007, Mr Salisbury-Baker was diagnosed with stress-related angina and was off work sick for 12 months.
After returning to his position, he was informed he had post-traumatic stress disorder - a psychological and physical condition that occurs after experiencing or witnessing traumatic events and is said to affect around five per cent of men and ten per cent of women.
When contacted by the Yorkshire Post, an MoD spokesman said it would be inappropriate to comment at this stage.