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Reasonable adjustments query

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123Baxter
123Baxter Community member Posts: 2 Listener
edited August 2023 in Work and employment
Hi, I have A health condition that effects my lungs. I have asked my work to make reasonable adjustments via a manager and HR. The adjustments where verbally agreed.  Then this week I had to attend on online meeting. There was me and 3 managers who basically told me I had to do the jobs that we originally agreed I wasn't physically able to do?
Any advice please 

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  • MW123
    MW123 Scope Member Posts: 575 Pioneering
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    Hello Baxter123! 

    In your case, you've requested reasonable adjustments, and they were verbally agreed upon. Reasonable adjustments are changes or adaptations to your work or working environment that help you overcome any disadvantage caused by your health condition. If your employer agreed to these adjustments but later reneged on their commitment during the online meeting, it could be considered disability discrimination. 

    Send an email to the managers who were present in the meeting, thanking them for the discussion but also reiterating what was previously agreed upon regarding the reasonable adjustments. Politely remind them of their commitment to providing these adjustments. 

    Reach out to your HR department  and inform them about what happened during the online meeting. Explain that you had previously agreed upon reasonable adjustments, and there seems to be a discrepancy in implementing them. 

    If informal discussions with HR and management do not resolve the issue, you may need to raise a formal grievance within your company. This will trigger an internal investigation into your complaint. 

    Before taking the matter to an employment tribunal, it is generally required to contact the Advisory, Conciliation, and Arbitration Service (Acas) for early conciliation. Acas provides an opportunity to resolve the dispute through mediation before going to court. 

    Remember, the Equality Act 2010 protects you from discrimination and requires your employer to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate your health condition, as long as it doesn't cause undue hardship for the business. If you feel that your employer is not complying with the law, seek professional legal advice to understand your rights and how to proceed. 

    I genuinely empathise with your situation. Just two years ago, I went through a comparable tough phase when I spent an entire month in the hospital, fighting for my life. After finally being discharged, I faced another two months of hardship trying to hold onto my job.  I have incurable cancer, and the treatment took a toll on my heart, leading to heart failure. Despite this challenging situation, my company, where I had been a loyal employee for many years, wanted to retire me early to make way for a healthier, younger individual. However, I decided to take matters into my own hands and fought the case on my own, ultimately managing to retain my employment.

     

     

     

     

  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @123Baxter

    Welcome to the community! :) I see MW123 has given some great advice. 

    I wanted to comment and check in to see if there was any updates to the situation? 
    Hannah - She / Her

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  • 123Baxter
    123Baxter Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    I had to make an official complaint. They are now sending me for another Occupational Health assessment. I'm hoping things will improve now. Unfortunately not due to the fact that I have a disability but more to do with the fact that I made an official complaint.  Attitudes towards me have improved. The reasonable adjustments are still an issue as they keep giving me jobs they know I can't do but I'm putting this down to lack of communication throughout the organisation. 
    I appreciate your reaching out.

  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'm glad the ball is rolling. Unfortunate that it was putting in a complaint that did it! 

    Hopefully it will improve with the reasonable adjustments :) 
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  • Wibbles
    Wibbles Community member Posts: 1,721 Pioneering
    edited August 2023
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    You might like to get Access to Work involved - they will supply equipment to help you at work
    Chairs, IT equipment etc etc
    at no cost to yourself
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