A Medical Secretary v HSE West [2013]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
  • Legal Body
    Equality Tribunal (EQT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Disability; direct discrimination on the disability ground; reasonable accommodation; failure to provide reasonable accommodation; medical assessments; ongoing discrimination

This case is really interesting on both a human level and a technical level.  It is a relatively long decision reflecting the history involved. 


The complaint was taken by a medical secretary employed since April 2001, who was diagnosed in 2004 with quite serious medical conditions of diverticular disease and a debilitating bowel condition.  She worked in an office shared with one other person who knew and understood her condition.  This office was adjacent to toilets.  In September 2006 she and her colleague were told that they would have to move to another location and share with two others.  The new location was not quite so close to toilets. 

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This article is correct at 20/09/2013

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