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Doctor is awarded £0.5m after her employer refused to take account of back pain

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 28 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2263
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A former consultant in geriatrics and general medicine has won a near record £0.5m (€0.6m; $0.8m) for disability discrimination after she felt forced to leave her job four years before retirement when her employers cut her pay and refused to make reasonable adjustments for her back problems.

    London North Employment Tribunal ruled last year that claims by Gwen Sayers, who worked at Northwick Park Hospital in north London, for constructive unfair dismissal, direct disability discrimination, failure to make reasonable adjustments, and unauthorised deduction from wages were all “well founded.” The tribunal awarded her £550 000, one of the highest awards ever made under the Disability Discrimination Act.

    Her employers, Harrow Primary Care Trust, and her line manager, David Cohen, appealed but in a compromise agreement have now agreed to drop the appeal and pay her £500 000. Dr Sayers told the BMJ that she refused to sign the confidentiality …

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