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Discrimination in workplace

My husband has PPMS, he works, and untill a change in management/supervisor all was ok. He had reasonable adjustments in place and was enjoying his job. Well these last 9 months have been horrid. Everyone knows he has PPMS, they know his pay agreement, and he’s feeling discriminated as his reasonable adjustments have been ignored, he’s forced into working extra, threatened he’ll have to change his hours if he won’t comply, made to feel bad about his neurology, bladder and MS nurse appointments. So many small digs at him everyday by the supervisor, even being bullied Infront of others. Apart from appointments, he’s never off work, he gives his job his best, yet now his condition is public, he’s being constantly criticized by the supervisor. I’ve suggested he talk to his manager, but he won’t and is now looking for other work, yet he’s worried he’ll struggle getting anything in the same industry. I don’t know how much longer he can cope. Thanks for reading I really needed to share as find this work situation such a worry for my husband and his health.

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The not so super visor needs a kick up the article imho. Your husband also needs to make a formal complaint regarding the treatment he is receiving. Does your husband belong to a union? If so approach them for advice. My inclination would be talk to the manager and if no improvement then leave the job and claim constructive dismissal (obviously this would involve plenty of compensation)

Obviously make sure your hubby gets proper advice before he does anything though.

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What your husband mustn’t do is resign - and getting another job may not be easy. I would take legal advice from a solicitor specialising in ‘Disability Issues’ - (I had problems at work and was let down by my Union - in retrospect I should have taken proper advice in the first place.) My guess is that you’ll both be surprised at how many ‘rights’ you have. The information you’ll get from the solicitor will give your husband the confidence to tackle these issues. The one thing the management will not want is a claim for unfair dismissal. Of course solicitors aren’t cheap but I think if management think the lawyers are involved they’ll move. What your husband mustn’t do is feel apologetic for getting m.s. or feel unworthy and put up with a bad working set-up.

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Thanks for your advice and support it means a lot

Take a look on the Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) website. There is lots of useful information and you can email them for advice. As I’m sure you know your husband is protected by the Disability Discrimination Act and his employer may be acting illegally

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I am so sorry. You must want to fell that supervisor with a flying kick to the throat, and I would join in if my legs were up to it. It is awfully hard when the person you love is being so unfairly treated.

Take notes. Every incident. What was said and by whom, and who else heard if possible. . However things work out, a record of actual hard details can do nothing but help. That sort of thing can make the difference between a case the company’s lawyer thinks she can tough out and one where they see they haven’t a leg to stand on and are forced at least to settle generously to avoid an unwinnable Tribunal claim. I’m serious. Make notes if you aren’t doing already. Start now. And get yourselves some proper employment law advice. Good luck. Don’t let the bastards get away with it.

Alison

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Let Acas know and go from there :slight_smile:

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My other half was sacked for having a seizure at work. They knew about his epilepsy from his interview. We went through acas for advice then the citizens advice bureau took his case on and we ended up settling for compensation as the company didnt want to go to a tribunal. The citizens advice were amazing a d it didnt cost a penny.

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ACAS were fabulous - I couldn’t fault them. Give them a call. My union were ok up to a point. The trouble was my union rep was “mates” with the person causing all the issues for me. However, once ACAS were involved, she left me alone and things did improve. I also agree with what Alison said - record everything. Write it down. Record voice memos for yourself on your phone. Have you tried the Disability Law Service? There used to be a link somewhere on this website. They gave me good advice. It is horrendously stressful but there are people out there who will help. Good luck - post back here to let us know how things go and if you need any more help. Mrs Flute

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Thank you everyone, for the advice and for understanding how upsetting and difficult this is for my husband and I. I will show your replies to my husband when he gets in from work

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I’m trying to go through a process with recruitment at work, as I sat a couple of interviews & when I asked for my feedback, it took weeks & when I did get it back I noticed that the marking had been changed, infact, tippexed out & rescored in a few answers plus very good comments but a low score - i think some ones name must have been on the job & esp with me having MS, best not give him a job, methinks.Problem is all companies tick the boxes but when it comes to supporting people with disabilities - different ball game. I fully understand the frustrations that can arise at work.

My first question is, is he in a union? Mine have been invaluable and when I was facing bullying from my manager because I refused to work until they put my reasonable adjustments in place, they sorted it all out for me. I was begrudgingly paying them £10 a month for about 3 years before diagnosis but they’ve been worth every penny since this illness. If he’s not, he needs advice from ACAS or similar - he is covered by the DDA so if that isn’t being followed, his employer is breaking the law. He is not in the wrong and he needs to get this sorted and not leave - who wins then? I know it’s really tough. If he doesn’t stand up for himself this supervisor will continue with this behaviour - if not towards your husband, then towards the next disabled employee. My thoughts are with you, and him, and HE IS IN THE RIGHT!

The first step is for your husband to raise a grievance with your employer, and if the outcome is unhelpful he can enter something called Early Conciliation, where ACAS will help to come to a solution. If the employer doesn’t play ball, it can cost them a fortune in damages if your husband then decides to take it to tribunal. My fiancé is in the process right now for maternity discrimination, so let me know if you’d like any help in going about the process.

If you contact https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work they will advise his employer what they can/cannot and must do. By Law they must give your husband ‘reasonable adjustments’ see https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en that will explain what these are.

That’s disgusting, reading that makes me feel so angry. Your poor husband going through all of this. So not fair. Alot of good advice on here. I wish you and your husband all the best. The supervisor should be ashamed of himself. Lina

I would contact ACAS they will advise him, they are brilliant with disability and discrimination and constructive dismissal.

they helped me years ago successfully with constructive dismissal case.

It can be difficult for a non-legal person to understand why your resignation should be referred to as a “dismissal”. All you need to know is that in legal terms, the actions of your employer (the “constructive part”), has led to your resignation (the “dismissal” part). The law then treats the resignation as a form of unfair dismissal- or to quote the full correct terminology, “constructive unfair dismissal“.

It is not enough to show merely that your employer has behaved unreasonably. There must be a fundamental breach of either an express contractual term, or the implied term of “trust and confidence”. Furthermore, you must have resigned because of the actual breach- not for some other reason. You should also make it clear at the time that you regard yourself as having been “constructively dismissed”.

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He must not leave but get advise. He has a claim i think, as they are making it hard for him to stay there. good luck.