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Equality Human Rights Commission response to reasonable adjustment case

To read their response, see www.equalityhumanrights.com/news/2011/october/commission-response-to-the-jane-cordell-case-decision/

But first some background
Jane Cordell is profoundly deaf and required a full time lip speaker as support for the political work she did at the foreign office overseas. She has been employed by the FCO since 2001. Between 2006 and January 2010 she was a First Secretary at the British Embassy in Warsaw. She was provided with a full time lip speaker to enable her to fulfil this role.

She applied for and was offered the post of Deputy Head of Mission in Kazakhstan. The offer was conditional on an assessment of reasonable adjustments in accordance with the FCO’s reasonable adjustments policy which had been changed while Jane was working in Warsaw. It now required special consideration of any adjustments over £10,000.

The FCO assessed the adjustments at £695,000 for a two year posting and £990,000 for three years. The FCO did not consult any support workers when making this assessment.

Jane had made her own assessment of her adjustment needs and calculated that they would cost between £100,000 to £200,000 per year. She consulted support workers when making this assessment.

The post was subsequently offered to the second place candidate due to the costs involved. The FCO also argued that continuity of support could not be guaranteed in Kazakhstan.

Jane brought a claim of discrimination based on disability against the FCO. This claim was dismissed as was her appeal.

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