I’m looking for some advice regarding work and what I think is beginning to feel like I’m being discriminated against.
Ok, so I’ve been with my employer for 2.5 years. Before I’d even signed my contract I told my boss about my MS and she was fine about it. I’ve even given her a letter from my ms nurse so she knows how the condition affects me. Up until June 2017 I worked almost entirely from home and popped into the office about once a week for an hour or so.
Then out of nowhere she decides that this current arrangement ‘was not working for her’ and she wanted me to come into the office more often and reduce my hours. Although I wasn’t happy about it I went along with her request as I really wanted to keep my job and I spend 3 hours twice a week in the office and work the remaining 14 hours at home.
Last week she said that because of staff meetings I would now be required to come into the office in the morning and stay until around 2pm one day a week so we can meet as a team. Although ive gone along with this it’s killing me and really aggravating my fatigue to the point I’m falling asleep at 5:30pm on meeting days. I’ve even told her this and now I’m spending 9 hours a week in the office.
The final straw was her mentioning that due to server issues I wouldn’t be able to work from home at all for around four months at the end of the week. When she noticed I was unhappy with this news she asked if the problem was because I have two dogs that would need to be let out in the afternoon or because of my condition. Basically I said it’s because of my ms because it’s possible to get a dog sitter but impossible to cure ms!
i feel that she’s making it impossible to do my job as I once did and don’t see the issue with me working from home whilst the server issue is resolved because a lot of the work I do is web based anyway.
Personally I feel that I’m being managed out of the business bit by bit and I’m no position to resign as I have nothing else to go to and would really struggle to find a suitable position. I’ve lost all faith with my boss and would love to leave, but it’s just not financially possible.
Im wondering if this counts as discrimination and if it would be worth contacting a solicitor to try and get a settlement agreement for me to leave as this is seriously affecting my physical and mental health.
Thank you all so much x