• Robert Spicer

New disability discrimination case

DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

Discrimination arising from disability

Legitimate aim

Case Stott v Ralli Ltd EA-2019-000772-VP

Facts S was employed as a paralegal by R. R dismissed her for poor performance. It accepted that she had a mental impairment which amounted to a disability, but denied knowledge of the disability. S later stated that she was dyslexic and that this had affected her performance. She complained of discrimination arising from disability. The ET dismissed the claim. It found that R had the legitimate aim of maintaining a high standard of accuracy in written communications. R had made unsuccessful efforts to improve S’s performance and these, and her dismissal, were a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim. S appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Decision 1. The claim was dismissed.

2. At the time of dismissal, R did not know about the disability.

3. The justification defence had been made out.

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