In yet another case involving an employer failing to make a simple reasonable adjustment to assist a disabled employee at work, a tribunal held that a company discriminated against a diabetic employee when it suggested that she inject insulin in the toilet rather than in front of other employees, in one of XpertHR’s latest case reports.
Miss Clark started training at Newsquest Media (Southern) Ltd in October 2009, having accepted a job as a business executive. During the first few days of training, she was told by a manager that it was not appropriate for her to inject herself in front of other people, and that she might consider doing it in a toilet instead.
Miss Clark complained, and the manager who had suggested the toilet as a suitable venue backed down, apologising for her suggestion, and saying that she could inject herself at her desk provided that her colleagues were “OK about it”. However, the company rejected Miss Clark’s formal grievance and grievance appeal. The outcome letters made it clear that she had to perform her injections in private according to an agreed system, except in “extreme situations”.