DWP Pays Aspergers Woman £70000

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been ordered to pay a woman with Asperger’s syndrome a total of £70,000 after an employment tribunal found the DWP to be guilty of disability discrimination.

The tribunal, which was held in Dundee, initially awarded damages to the claimant of £54,000 as ?compensation for constructive unfair ?dismissal and disability discrimination. But in a further hearing, another £17,500 was ordered to be paid by the DWP for not complying ?with a re-employment ruling, the Courier reports.

At a hearing in February of this year, the tribunal heard how the woman was asked to return to work but felt that a breakdown in trust and confidence led to high levels of anxiety which she was unable to overcome.

The DWP was found by the tribunal to have subjected the claimant to harassment due to her Asperger’s. The syndrome, which is a form of autism…

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