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Disability discrimination: Tribunal had duty to explain why disability and conduct were unconnected

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    Edwards v Mid Suffolk District Council [2001] IRLR 190 EAT (0 other reports)

In Edwards v Mid Suffolk District Council [2001] IRLR 190, the EAT holds that an employment tribunal erred in law by concluding that an employee's disability and the reason for his dismissal were unconnected without explaining why. It was essential for the tribunal first to make findings as to the nature and extent of the employee's disability and then to consider its impact in terms of his ability to carry out his allotted work. The tribunal was also under a duty to summarise and take into account medical evidence adduced on behalf of the employee and, if it rejected the evidence, it was under a duty to explain why.