An employment tribunal awarded more than £30,000 to a public-sector worker who was dismissed after disability absences meant she exceeded her trigger point under the employer’s absence management procedure by a few days. Stephen Simpson rounds up recent tribunal decisions.
£30,000 for employee dismissed for disability absences
In Powell v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a worker with 34 years’ service who was dismissed because of disability absences was awarded more than £30,000 for discrimination arising from disability and unfair dismissal.
Ms Powell worked for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) from 1980 until her dismissal for ill-health absences in 2014.
The DWP’s sickness absence procedure states that formal action will be taken against employees once they have eight days’ absence…
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