Disability-related harassment

In a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision, it was held that the Claimant, who had become unable to do her clinical work as a Nursing Sister as a result of Parkinson's, had suffered harassment from her employer on the grounds of her disability because (amongst other reasons) she was moved to a menial, non-clinical job. Employers should be careful to bear in mind an employee's loss of status when considering moving an employee to an alternative role because they can no longer carry out their existing role due to their disability. Even though this employee's pay and grade were protected, the menial nature of her work was distressing and demeaning, when she felt she was capable of achieving much more.

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