Disabled man wins discrimination case

A disabled man who worked for Solway Foods Ltd in Corby for more than 19 years has won his claim of constructive dismissal and disability discrimination against the company.

Despite suffering with epilepsy and being told such work could make him ill, Philip Hambly was given a new job sorting pallets on the production line last March.

He immediately raised concerns, insisting that doing it would put himself and his co-workers in danger, but despatch manager John Adkins and occupational health advisor Seymour Franklin disagreed.

Mr Franklin claimed he undertook a risk assessment and concluded the job was safe.

But as a result Mr Hambly fell while doing the work and decided to resign.

During the case he received help and support from the Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council (NREC).

He said: “I knew in my heart it was right to fight the case – I was forced to leave.

“I could not understand why I was put to work on a line when for over ten years it was made very clear by the management and occupational health advisor that I must not.

“It was completely unsafe to have me working on the line.

“I am very happy with the decision and am also grateful to Jenny Sebastian of NREC – without her my case would not have got to the tribunal.

“It took nearly a year to bring the matter to court but it was worth the wait.”

Mr Hambly will be awarded damages but the figure will be decided at a hearing at a later date.