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Disability discrimination: Travel by normal means of transport is "normal day-to-day activity"

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    Abadeh v British Telecommunications plc [2001] IRLR 23 EAT (2 other reports)

    • Medical treatment and the definition of disability

      Date:
      1 March 2001

      In Abadeh v British Telecommunications plc (19 October 2000) EOR96D, the EAT holds that the effects of medical treatment which has resulted in a permanent improvement should be taken into account in determining whether an applicant falls within the definition of disability in the Disability Discrimination Act.

    • Effect of successful medical treatment

      Date:
      1 December 2000

      The EAT has ruled in Abadeh v British Telecommunications plc that the deduced effects provisions of the definition of disability, requiring the effects of medical treatment to be disregarded in determining whether an applicant is disabled, apply only where the treatment is continuing and do not apply where it has been successful.

In Abadeh v British Telecommunications plc 19.10.00 EAT 1124/99 the EAT holds that, for the purposes of the Disability Discrimination Act, the question of what constitutes a "normal day-to-day activity" must be addressed without regard to whether or not the activity is normal to the particular applicant. In this case the fact that the applicant did not live or work in London, or travel by aeroplane in connection with his work, did not mean that travelling by Underground or air was not a day-to-day activity for him.