Employee wins compensation

A Lambeth Council parks worker has won £550,499 compensation after a tribunal ruled he was the victim of disability discrimination.

The man, who has learning difficulties, was judged as having been unfairly dismissed by Lambeth Serviceteam (now Veolia Environment Services Lambeth) at a Croydon tribunal. The compensation covers the 34-year-old’s loss of earnings until retirement. Representing union GMB said it was the highest recorded compensation in a claim of disability discrimination. The worker was one of 24 claimants. Four others also won claims of disability discrimination. They were all gardeners based at parks across Lambeth and dismissed after a redundancy exercise. The tribunal said Lambeth Serviceteam had breached its equal opportunities policy by not taking dis- ability into account when selecting criteria for redundancy. It also found that consultation with the disabled employees was inadequate. Veolia Environment Services said: “We are not in a position to make a statement on a legal matter that occurred prior to Veolia’s acquisition [of the company].”

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