Croft Vets Ltd and Others v Butcher: EAT 2 Oct 2013

EAT Disability Discrimination : Disability Related Discrimination – Reasonable adjustments – The Respondent was employed by the Appellants as a reception and finance manager. She suffered from work-related stress and severe depression. She resigned from her employment when the Appellants did not act on the recommendations made by the clinical psychiatrist to whom they referred her. The Employment Tribunal held her claims that the Appellants failed to make reasonable adjustments to be well-founded, that she was unfairly constructively dismissed and that her dismissal was an act of discrimination arising from disability. The EAT dismissed the Appellants’ appeal on liability (save for the finding that the dismissal was an act of discrimination arising from disability as that was not one of the agreed issues before the ET) and the appeal on remedies against the award of compensation. The EAT, inter alia, found that there was no error by the ET in identifying the relevant PCP (‘provision, criteria or practice’); and the ET correctly found that the Appellants had not made reasonable adjustments by failing to pay for the Respondent to have private psychiatric services and counselling. The issue was not the payment of private medical treatment in general, but, rather, payment for a specific form of support to enable the Respondent to return to work and cope with the difficulties she had been experiencing at work

Supperstone J
[2013] UKEAT 0430 – 12 – 0210
England and Wales
CitedArchibald v Fife Council HL 1-Jul-2004
The claimant was employed as a street sweeper. She suffered injury to her health making it difficult to do her work. She was dismissed, and claimed that being disabled, the employer had not made reasonable adjustments to find alternative work for . .
CitedSecretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions v Alam EAT 9-Nov-2009
Reasonable adjustments
Section 4A(1) and (3) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
The Tribunal found that employer had failed to make a reasonable adjustment . .

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