Compensation for a dyslexic M&S employee dismissed over mistakes in emails
Helen Watson, HR Advisor comments on the latest news article about compensation for a dyslexic M&S employee dismissed over mistakes in emails, “the employee worked for M&S for 22 years and had dyslexia, she has been awarded over £53.000 for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal. I have worked with Companies to implement reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities. This is a key aspect in both supporting employees and protecting Companies.
This case also talks about her selection for redundancy and the redundancy criteria used, I have supported businesses through a number of redundancy situations; it is key to be clear and consistent on your redundancy criteria throughout the process.”
NEWS ARTICLE – Compensation for a dyslexic M&S employee dismissed over mistakes in emails
Rita Jandu, a clothing and home planner at Marks & Spencer who has dyslexia, has been awarded over £50,000 after she was dismissed for making mistakes in emails. Jandu, who worked for the High Street chain for 22 years, struggled to read and write lengthy messages and preferred to communicate using bullet points. An employment tribunal heard that Jandu was “singled out” by managers at M&S who selected her for redundancy after she appeared to rush her work and her emails contained inaccuracies. The tribunal has now ruled that M&S managers ignored the impact that Jandu’s dyslexia had on her work including her ability to concentrate and communicate. Jandu was awarded £53,855 for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal.