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Teacher's Disability Discrimination Win

Editor's Note: Editor's Note: The following article is re-printed from "Disability Now," July, 2000, a newspaper dedicated to disability issues in the United Kingdom.

A local authority has been ordered to pay UK P60,000 compensation to a former teacher for discriminating against her because she was blind. Liz Abbott was forced to resign from St. Mary's Catholic Primary School in Chingford, North London, in 1996 because of stress. Her Classroom Assistant's hours had been reduced by a third, and when the assistant eventually resigned, the local education authority failed to find a replacement. An industrial tribunal ruled that Mrs. Abbott had been unfairly dismissed and had experienced disability discrimination. The tribunal concluded that Mrs. Abbott had become a burden to her employers and one they no longer wished to bear. Waltham Forest Education Authority agreed to pay UK P60,000 compensation and Mrs. Abbott's UK P20,000 costs. Mrs. Abbott who had been a teacher for 25 years brought her case under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) with the help of her union, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, and the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). She said: in this case the DDA has proved that it works. I nearly didn't have enough energy to do it, but I'm glad that I did. I would encourage anyone who feels that they are being discriminated against to do something about it. Nobody deserves to be made to feel like a second-class citizen just because they're not physically built the same as other people. Catherine Casserley, legal officer at the RNIB said: This shows that an unfair, discriminatory practice can be successfully challenged.

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