Deaf Worker Says Disability Rights Commission Discriminated Against
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
September 21, 2004
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND--The Disability Rights Commission, which was formed to end discrimination based on disability, has itself been accused of discriminating against a former employee, the BBC reported Monday.
David Sindall, of Manchester, claims that the DRC demoted him after he was accused of, but not formally charged with, sexually assaulting a female colleague.
Sindall, who is deaf, had worked at the DRC for 18 months. He alleges that his employers had decided that he had assaulted the woman during a Christmas party.
The demotion made it impossible for him to continue working for the commission, he said, and he was effectively forced to resign in March of this year
Sindall also claims that the DRC failed to provide him with a professional note-taker, so he did not know what was being said during previous hearings.
His case, alleging both disability and sex discrimination, goes before an employment tribunal in December.
DRC officials refused to give BBC any comment on the case.
According to their website, the DRC is an independent body established in April 2000 by Act of Parliament to stop discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for people that have disabilities.
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