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Reasonable Adjustments being reviewed every 6 months. I'm worried this'll put me at a disadvantage
I was wondering about the above as I appear to have reached an impasse with my employer since my reasonable adjustment was ‘formally’ (albeit ‘temporarily’) put in place.
I have a long term and incurable functional bowel disorder and mental health issues and have been confirmed as recognised as disabled under the Equality Act 2010.
I have been supported fully by the Occupational Health doctor and my manager to need to work 100% from home (as has everyone in my team since March 2020 due to COVID).
However, my disability is being treated as a medical condition that could be ‘fixed in the future’ and that hopefully I will ‘get better’. This is unlikely and quite insulting and hurtful in some respects.
My employer has agreed to allow the reasonable adjustment to remain in place to be reviewed every 6 months and I have to see a doctor to confirm I still haven’t been ‘cured’, and can therefore return to the office.
Whilst this is great for me I still am concerned about my contract of employment and the attitude that could be displayed towards me if I was a ‘new applicant’.
I requested my contract be amended to state my place if work was ‘at home’ but was met with deliberate resistance and dismissive attitudes. My employer simply stated:
‘This organisation does not have ‘home workers’ so your contract will not be amended in light of your reasonable adjustment. Your case will be reviewed regularly and be classed as ‘ongoing’ with your contracted place of work being on site as directed’.
My trade union reps are ilof the view that until the employer asks me to return to the office then legally there is no issue. However having once resigned from this organisation due to ill health and then re-applying years later, I worry that disclosing a disability at interview puts people like me at a substantial disadvantage - if for any reason I leave or am dismissed, it would be very unlikely that I would ever be employed again which I find disturbing for all people with disabilities.
I would really appreciate anyone’s comments or thoughts as I don’t seem to be able to find any information regarding contractual obligations.
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