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[UK]Court awards disabled woman ‘aggravated’ damages for ombudsman discrimination

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by AndyPR, Jul 1, 2017.

  1. AndyPR

    AndyPR Senior Member


    Got to admit the fact that she is reported as having "severe ME" yet is able to represent herself at court is something that I personally think is unlikely, but it could well be misreported, and doesn't take away from the good news that a victory was won for reasonable adjustments.
  2. Valentijn

    Valentijn Senior Member

    I'm not sure severe ME is really acknowledged in the UK. Hence moderate often gets promoted to severe, because people can't imagine that it can get quite a bit worse.
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  3. Jinny B

    Jinny B

    Hi, folks I think the problem is you do not have a copy of the judgement and here it is I hope the link will be allowed

    I am the lady in question, my diagnosis is Severe CFS/ME and I did this with a lot of help and a lot of understanding with regard to the reasonable adjustments I needed. I became ill in court several times, having to be removed, my husband took over but of course he then crashed afterwards. Nightmare.

    You are right it would be impossible for me to do this on my own.

    I really appreciate you sharing this :)
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2017
  4. AndyPR

    AndyPR Senior Member

    Welcome to the forums @Jinny B and congratulations on your success in the courts, I hope that you and your husband have been able to recover as best possible after all that effort.
  5. RogerBlack

    RogerBlack Senior Member

    There is real disability discrimination (as defined in the Equality Act) happening against people with ME.
    Systems are actively designed so that they systematically disadvantage people with ME.

    I've for example, requested that instead of telephoning me, they email. The general response was as if I'd suggested I shit on their mothers.

    I note that for being unable to equally access a bank counter, a disabled person was awarded 6K. (RBS vs Allen IIRC).

    These are not trivial acts. These are acts of requiring of people stuff that has a real chance of disabling them for long periods. Requiring someone to show up at a distant place for an hour long interview, and not accepting 'I was, as I am on 95% of days unable to make that appointment' as a reasonable excuse is simply abuse.

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