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Teacher claims unfair dismissal after sickness absence

A teacher has lodged a claim for unfair dismissal against her former employer after she was sacked for repeatedly being absent from work.

Patricia Allen, 56, was a maths teacher at Halton High School in the north-west of England and alleges that her large workload exacerbated the symptoms of her Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a condition which The Gut Trust states affects as much as 20 per cent of the western population.

She claims that she was bullied about the time she needed off with stomach upsets and was eventually removed from her position in July 2009, Runcorn and Widnes World reports.

"I am in bed for days when my IBS flares up and I have extreme bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea," Ms Allen commented.

She is now claiming compensation for unfair dismissal, unfair treatment and disability discrimination.

A spokesperson for the school insisted that Ms Allen's long hours came about because she pushed herself and her department too hard.

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Posted by Cheryl Bennett