Employee wins compensation for unfair dismissal

UK judge rules in favour of employee who was fired after calling in sick due to medical condition


A UK judge has ordered compensation of 3,453 pounds to be paid to an employee who was unfairly dismissed from her job. The employee, Emily Thorley, claimed that her dismissal was due to her suffering from endometriosis, a painful medical condition that affects the lining of the uterus. Thorley’s former employer, John Donnelly, had accused her of regularly calling in sick on Mondays and had dismissed her without following proper procedures.

The judge accepted Thorley’s claims that her dismissal was due to her medical condition, and ruled that Donnelly had not followed a fair process in the sacking. Donnelly admitted that he should have followed proper procedures in dismissing Thorley. The judge ordered him to pay compensation for the unfair dismissal.

The case highlights the challenges faced by employees with medical conditions, such as endometriosis, in the workplace. Employers have a legal obligation to make reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities, including medical conditions that substantially affect daily life. Failure to do so can result in legal action and compensation for the employee.

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