- Employment tribunals and the duty to make adjustments for disabled persons (News, 9 February 2016)
- Impact of this judgment
- Background law
- The facts and decisions of the employment tribunal
- The judgment of the EAT
As public bodies, employment tribunals have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for the disabled in the course of proceedings. In the case of an autistic claimant reasonable adjustments may include the simplification of questions, allowing more time to answer questions and allowing the claimant to wait in a room separate from other claimants, although each case will depend upon the effect of the disability on the particular individual. General guidance is given, by the former President of the EAT, Langstaff J, on how employment tribunals may comply with their duty to make adjustments including by following the provisions of the Equal Treatment Bench Book, in particular with regard to preliminary hearings at which to set ground rules as to the adjustments and procedure to be adopted. EAT: Rackham v NHS Professionals.
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