ZaidScope Employment AdvisorPhone: 0300 222 5742Email: [email protected]www.scope.org.uk/supporttowork
I am very sorry to hear about your fustrations.
I would urge you to put your requests for reasonable
adjustments in your own words in writing. There are several templates for doing
this. This one is from the equality and human rights
The template is called ‘TEMPLATE
LETTER WORK Request to make Reasonable Adjustment’. There is also a
lot of other information on this website that will be useful.
Here is another similar form from the Business Disability
Once you have submitted your requests for reasonable
adjustments in writing then I would typically give an employer two weeks
to consider them and respond. If the response is not satisfactory then you
should raise grievances. The grievances should be written with short paragraphs
and each paragraph should be numbered so that you can reference it easier in
the future. google this.
You have three months less one day to take your employers to
an employment tribunal for failure to implement the reasonable adjustments
submitted in the grievances. I would allow a month to find a
lawyer and to prepare the paperwork.
I would also like to point out that by law you are not solely
responsible for coming up with solutions to keep you at work. You should not be
relied on as the expert.
An example of this is a person suddenly become blind as an
adult. Are they now the expert in reasonable adjustments at work for blind people? How would they know? This is not their job. This is the job of
HR, or if at least they don’t know they should consult somebody like The
Business Disability Forum for some guidance. The law says that the onus is ultimately on the
employer to find out what reasonable adjustments should be implemented to keep
you at work, but your input of course is invaluable as well.
If you have not been at work because your employer is
failing to implement reasonable adjustments, then are you really sick? In my
mind the Certificate of Fitness for Work should state that you are fit for work
with reasonable adjustments. If you can get the GP to state what these
reasonable adjustments are then that would be even better. But typically they
are reluctant to do this. Therefore your employer should send you to see an occupational
health Doctor who can state which reasonable adjustments will enable you to
continue to work. You can then show this to your doctor and ask them to write a
Certificate of Fitness for Work and referring to the reasonable adjustments in
the occupational health letter.
If your employer won’t pay for you to go to see
an occupational health Doctor then it might an idea for you to pay yourself or ask the GP to pay. otherwise fit for work might be able to help
This is a complicated matter however because failure to
implement reasonable adjustments can also cause a lot of stress, and one can be
off with stress. But it can be very useful to have your Certificate of Fitness
for Work to state that you are actually fit for work with reasonable
adjustments. Otherwise a certificate stating that you are not fit for work may work against you if you ever take this to an employment tribunal.
If you’re off with stress, make sure that the doctors
certificate of fitness for work states that you are off with stress for failure
to implement reasonable adjustments. Failing that, at least off with
As part of your requests for reasonable adjustments, you
could ask for your manager and HR to be trained for disability confidence. You
could also ask for the training for yourself so that you can become a better
advocate for yourself. So that you can calmly explain what you want, and why
you are entitled to it.
Also consider speaking to