In DLA Piper's case of the week, Foster v Cardiff University, the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered the issue of reasonable adjustments for an academic with chronic fatigue syndrome and how stress and anxiety affect that condition.
This employment tribunal allowed a chef's disability discrimination claim to proceed after finding that his severe nut allergy is a disability under the Equality Act 2010.
The employment tribunal in this case allowed the claimant's disability discrimination case to proceed after finding that her severe eczema is a disability under the Equality Act 2010.
Practical guidance on implementing a phased return to work after long-term sickness absence, including the duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees.
Amanda Steadman is a professional support lawyer, and Joe Beeston, Laura Garner, Helen Samuel and Dinu Suntook are associates at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. They round up the latest rulings.
In Walker v Sita Information Networking Computing Ltd EAT/0097/12, the EAT held that an obese employee who genuinely suffered from multiple symptoms that were not explained by either a pathological process or any significant physical changes was disabled.
This case is a useful early example, along with Williams v Ystrad Mynach College ET/1600019/11, of how employment tribunals are approaching the new concept of "discrimination arising from disability" under the Equality Act 2010. The claimant fell at the first hurdle by failing to demonstrate a link between his disability and his treatment by the employer.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to disability discrimination.