Abadeh v British Telecommunications Plc: EAT 19 Oct 2000

EAT The claimant appealed dismissal of his claim under the 1995 Act. He was a telephone operator injured after a sudden shriek in his ear. They had found him not to be disabled within the 1995 Act.
Held: The appeal succeeded. The tribunal had carefully considered medical evidence provided by the defendant before deciding themselves on the condition. They had not delegated their decision to her, but had been overly influenced by the doctor’s opinion as to whether or not the impairments were substantial under the Act and in effect adopted her assessment instead of making their own of that issue. The tribunal had incorrectly discounted the medical treatment received by the claimant. The tribunal had also erred in finding that travelling on the underground and by airplane were not normal day to day activities.
The Honourable Mr Justice Nelson
EAT/1124/99, [2001] IRLR 23, [2001] Emp LR 440, [2001] ICR 156, [2000] UKEAT 1124 – 99 – 1910
EATn, Bailii
Disability Discrimination Act 1995 1(1)
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Updated: 03 February 2021; Ref: scu.255043