NSPCC denies discrimination claims

Children's charity the NSPCC is facing an employment tribunal claim this week that it discriminated against a disabled employee.

The charity is accused of discriminating against former community appeals manager Deborah Da'Bell, who resigned from the organisation in 2006. The case is being heard this week in Exeter and the charity strongly denies the claim.

Da'Bell, who suffers from a heart condition that means she needs a pacemaker, claims that the charity failed to make reasonable adjustments that would make her job manageable and reduce the strain on her health.

An NSPCC spokesman said: "The NSPCC rigorously refutes the allegations of discrimination. As the tribunal is ongoing, it is not appropriate to comment any further."

Rachael Maskell, national officer for the voluntary sector at trade union Unite, which is supporting Da'Bell, said it was unfortunate that the situation could not be resolved through discussion with the union before it ended up at a tribunal hearing.

The case is expected to last more than two weeks.

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