Internet domain not-for-profit guilty of disability discrimination, employment tribunal rules

Nominet, which registers UK domain names, pays out more than £100,000 to its former legal and policy director


Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for registering UK internet domain names, has paid out more than £100,000 to its former legal and policy director after being found guilty of disability discrimination, it has emerged.

An employment tribunal made the award of £101,000 plus costs to Emily Taylor after she brought a claim against the organisation for discriminating against her for undisclosed mental health reasons. The claim related to events that occurred in 2008 and 2009, but has only come to light this week after reporting restrictions were lifted by the tribunal.

According to The Daily Telegraph, which obtained documents into the case, Taylor was prevented from policy making at Nominet after she raised concerns about the changes to an independent governance review. An employment tribunal ruled that Nominet’s treatment of Taylor was "high handed and insulting" and led to her constructive dismissal through disability discrimination, the newspaper said.

The tribunal, however, rejected other complaints made by Taylor against the organisation.

In a statement, Nominet said: "Whilst the tribunal found against us on one aspect, we are pleased that the tribunal rejected the majority of the complaints made."

"We have always prided ourselves on being an organisation that looks after its staff. It’s unfortunate that this dispute has happened at all, but now we have a decision we can draw a line under it and move on."

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