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Union wins highest recorded compensation for a disabled employee

The British General Union has won £550,499.09 for a member, the highest recorded compensation in a claim of disability discrimination.

The Union member, who suffers with learning difficulties, recovered £550,499.09 in his claim for disability discrimination against his former employer Lambeth Serviceteam Limited, now Veolia Environment Services Lambeth. The record compensation comprises loss of earnings until retirement for the members who was age 34 at dismissal.

This member was one of 24 claimants for whom GMB brought employment tribunal claims for unfair dismissal. The Claimants, some of whom had close to 40 years' service at the date of their dismissal, were all gardeners and were previously based at the various parks throughout the London borough of Lambeth.

The Tribunal also found that Lambeth Serviceteam had discriminated against 4 of the Claimants on the grounds of their disability saying that consultation with the individuals was inadequate, considering the disabilities in question. The Tribunal also held that the company had breached its own Equal Opportunities Procedures in failing to take into account disability within the redundancy selection criteria.

Richard Ascough, GMB Regional Secretary, who lodged the claims on behalf of the workers said, "GMB is delighted at this substantial victory for our members who have been very shoddily treated by their employer after many years of loyal service. This case will send out a very clear message to employers that GMB will fight against disability discrimination in the workplace."

Posted by, Asif Yusuf

 

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