20 September 2013
Secretary 'bullied out of job' wins compensation
A secretary that quit her job to take a law degree so she could sue her bosses in court has won an undisclosed compensation fee.
Alex Gibson, 36, is dyslexic and suffered taunts and bullying at her job as an administrator for an unnamed firm near Bangor in north Wales, according to the Daily Mail.
However, despite suffering for a number of months, she could not afford legal fees to take her employer to court and was eventually 'forced' out of the role following a barrage of abuse.
In one case, Ms Gibson had to wear an arm brace following a serious mountain biking accident, but was told to remove the protection so she could type better, despite the fact that she was in serious pain.
In fact, the bullying became so severe, she started to feel humiliated about having severe dyslexia and developed anxiety that meant some of her hair began to fall out. The 36-year old also struggled to sleep at night after repeatedly being ridiculed in front of co-workers.
Although she complained to the relevant authorities within her company about the abuse, nothing was ever done, even though she was derided for being unable to properly take minutes because of her disability.
Eventually she had enough and quit so she could take on a law degree and take on her former bosses in a tribunal - which she won, as judges decided that she was discriminated against because of her disability.
But that isn't the only good news for Ms Gibson, who also managed to get a first class score on her final exams - despite her condition.
Commenting on her story, Ms Gibson said: "It [the tribunal] was utterly terrifying. I could barely get my words out but somehow I made my point successfully. I claimed that I'd been picked on for the problems with my arm and humiliated about my dyslexia."
A spokesperson from Bangor University congratulated the 36-year-old on her degree results and noted how difficult it must have been for her to start her course in the first place.
By Chris Stevenson