Equality act 2010

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Equality act 2010

Postby Dalekdi » Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:12 pm

Hi all
I'm new to the forum but have suffered with fibro for several years finally diagnosed by rheumatologist at hospital in 2010. By then though had got to,stage of managing it with deep tissue massage, rest when needed, working daytime hours as found was shattered later in day and only driving short distances. Also had to cut down on attending concerts and stuff but where I did would travel day before then take couple days to recover after. Work we're sympathetic providing me with chair, special keyboard and mouse and laptop to work from home when needed to due to fibro fog mainly. Anyway, work got taken over by another company last year and ended up being made redundant as my job position disappeared and not successful in the couple of ones I applied for. A lot of the work went to offices situated around the area but would have meant increasing travelling time dramatically. Only option left was to consider working on contact centre but didn't feel could do shifts as 7 days a week, not regular shift times and included shifts up to midnight. Spoke to my union who advised asking if would take disability re fibro into account and allow me daytime hours or part time. Answer came back no as would discriminate against the other people on the contact centre who would like to work daytime only hours. I appealed but answer still no so ended up being made redundant. Am now pursuing grievance which has tribunal hearing in feb next year.

Had contact though today from my union saying the respondent is continuing not to concede that I am disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010. They have already had a witness statement where I had to say how fibro affected me on a daily basis. Finding it sooo frustrating!!! :(
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Re: Equality act 2010

Postby jennthefunkyranger » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:10 pm

I work in a contact centre, where most people do have shifts including weekends, and either early starts or late finishes. I work Monday-Friday, and regular hours, and if I work late / weekends, it's at my request. So try asking again, as they may find a way to work round it.
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Re: Equality act 2010

Postby Dalekdi » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:13 pm

jennthefunkyranger wrote:I work in a contact centre, where most people do have shifts including weekends, and either early starts or late finishes. I work Monday-Friday, and regular hours, and if I work late / weekends, it's at my request. So try asking again, as they may find a way to work round it.


Thanks for reply but as I said have been made redundant and have a tribunal hearing in February
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Re: Equality act 2010

Postby katy1of3 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:01 pm

Hi,

You are covered by the disability discrimination act which says that companies have to make reasonable adjustments to allow you to work and changing work hours I'm sure would be considered as reasonable. It was for the company I worked for, firstly to come off shift work and then to reduce the number of hours worked. Your union rep is talking rubbish, see if there is someone in HR that can help you.

Hope this helps

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Re: Equality act 2010

Postby katy1of3 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:05 pm

Or try CItizens advice, don't let them tell you you are not disabled
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Re: Equality act 2010

Postby FluppyPuffy » Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:02 pm

:wave: :wave: and :welcome: to the forum. I've moved you into this part of the forum as it seems to be the most suitable part for your topic.

FM is covered under the Equalities Act 2010, which replaced the DDA, so under that, your employer at the time should have made "reasonable adjustments" to make your job as FM~friendly as possible for you to carry on doing it. Your union rep should have known this and gone in with it as well as possible " reasonable adjustments" that could help you carry on doing your job. Rather than others being discriminated against, it would seem to be you that has suffered, and this should hopefully be forming the basis of your tribunal. If you're unsure about anything, or want some additional advice, we have a solicitor attached to the forum who specialises in cases involving FM, either he, or one of his team may be able to offer you some more detailed info than my foggy head can muster at the moment. This is the linky to his board viewforum.php?f=27

There's lots of other info and advice on here covering all sorts of things, so have a look and a read as you find your way round. We also try to offer each other help and support during those awful times that tag along with FM, hopefully we'll be able to do the same for you should you find yourself in need of it.

Just ask if there's anything else you want to know about and we'll try to help you with it :wave: :wave:

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