Tribunal ruling goes against NSPCC in disability case

The NSPCC will have to pay a former employee more than £14,000 in compensation after an employment tribunal ruled that the charity had failed to make adjustments for her because of her disability.

Last week, the tribunal in Exeter found that the NSPCC had failed to make reasonable adjustments for former community appeals manager Deborah Da'Bell, whose heart condition means she is fitted with a pacemaker. It awarded £14,160 damages. But the tribunal rejected Da'Bell's claim of constructive dismissal. She resigned from the organisation in 2006.

A spokesman for the NSPCC said: "We have accepted the tribunal's view that adjustments could have been made to support Mrs Da'Bell.

"We take this on board and will improve our practice and how we deal with circumstances such as these in the future."

Rachael Maskell, national officer for the not-for-profit sector at trade union Unite, which supported Da'Bell's case, said that the ruling was "a clear indictment against the NSPCC for not making adjustments".

The case highlighted how important it was for employers to make reasonable adjustments for employees so that they could avoid discrimination claims being brought against them, said Maskell.

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