13 March 2014
University Sued for Dyslexia Discrimination
A student from a London university is taking the institution's bosses to Court after claiming she was unfairly discriminated against because she is dyslexic.
Jen Izaakson was nearly removed from a position she had gained as a sabbatical officer after being elected by her fellow students at the University of London Union.
She was informed that she had received a no confidence vote by those in charge of the student union, but claims no warnings were given, either verbally or in writing, before the sanction was imposed; reports the London Evening Standard.
The vote was held in April last year, but Ms Izaakson was outraged to discover that reference had been implied to her dyslexia when the reasoning for the proposed dismissal was given. The individuals accused of making the discriminatory judgements include the student union's president Michael Chessum and its vice president Daniel Cooper.
Ms Izaakson commented, "They were idiots for bringing my disability into it so explicitly."
This is not the only time that a student with dyslexia has been the subject of a legal dispute in recent weeks. The parents of a pupil from a private school in Warwickshire also announced they would be suing the establishment after claiming their son suffered from bullying for two years because he is dyslexic.
Paul & Angela McDonnell are taking Bilton Grammar School to Court because they believe staff did not do enough to prevent the abuse their 11-year-old son Patrick was put through; according to the Daily Mail.
The cases in question included punching, kicking and a classmate writing "Patrick is dim and thick" in snow with a stick.
Mr & Mrs McDonnell withdrew Patrick from the school in 2011 and asked the headteacher to refund a term's worth of tuition fees worth £5,225, which they had already paid in advance. The £15,000-a-year institution refused and also charged the family for another term's fees, despite the student already having moved on to a new school.
Mr McDonnell said, "We've said that if we win we will donate the money to beat bullying charities. It's never been about money, it's about exposing the school."