Failure to pay bonus to disabled employees is discrimination

The Land Registry has recently lost a case where it was found to have discriminated against disabled employees in its bonus scheme, which did not pay out to employees who had a warning for high levels of sickness absence.

Whilst they had reasonable adjustments in place delaying the issuing of a warning in cases of disability-related absence, the fact that receiving a warning led to an automatic disqualification from the bonus scheme was discriminatory.

The HR officer who made the decision not to pay the bonus was unaware of the employees’ disabilities, but this was not relevant.

Posted by: Clare Nicolaou Employment lawyer,  Novalex Solicitors 

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