Dyslexic fire crew commander loses discrimination claim
Published: 6 December 2017
A fire officer who claimed his employer didn’t do enough to help him overcome his dyslexia and advance his career has lost his claim of disability discrimination.
John Roads was a crew commander with Bucks Fire and Rescue
Service. He wanted to become a fire safety watch commander, which involved
passing exams, working at a development centre and being successful in an
Mr Roads was unable to meet these requirements and he failed
to get the position. He then claimed disability discrimination on the basis
that the fire service had failed to make adjustments for his dyslexia.
The fire service said it did all it could to help him, such
as providing him with the use of a scanner to copy documents, but Mr Roads had
not made the necessary progress. It could not take the risk of putting a person
in a post who did not have the required knowledge and had not demonstrated
their managerial ability.
The Employment Tribunal found in favour of the fire service.
The Judge said: “This claim fails. The reason for the
claimant (Mr Roads) not being put forward for this role is that he did not meet
the basic eligibility.
“He had neither completed the exams or the development
“We are satisfied that the evidence before us
demonstrated that the claimant used his dyslexia as something to hide behind
when he felt overwhelmed by the amount of work he was required to do for exams.”
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