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UK: Deaf diplomat loses discrimination case

Posted 04/11-10 at 18.11

In our September issue we reported that Jane Cordell, a Deaf woman working for the Foreign Office, was going to an industrial tribunal claiming disability discrimination because they had withdrawn a foreign posting claiming supporting her was too expensive.

The industrial tribunal has now ruled against her, saying that the additional cost, put at £240,000 a year, was unreasonable.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said the ruling raised questions about whether it would be possible for Ms Cordell, and others like her, to proceed as far as non-disabled people in their careers.

Ms Cordell commented, "I am proud of having brought this case to tribunal. People with disabilities and long-term illnesses who want to be economically active and independent need answers to the questions it posed."





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