Is a philosophical belief in Stoicism a protected belief under section 10 of the Equality Act? Yes it is, says London South Employment Tribunal – 3PB

‘C was dismissed for refusing to apologise for offending his colleagues. C’s position was that he had mixed up his words due to his dyslexia. The offence that he had caused was unintentional. He had refused to apologise, or to apologise sufficiently, for that reason. He asserted that he was being required to communicate in a way that could not be misinterpreted, and that as a Stoic this was something that he could not do.’

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3PB, 7th October 2020

Source: www.3pb.co.uk

Communication, Education and Speech Difficulties in the Criminal Justice System – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted September 29th, 2020 in criminal justice, dyslexia, education, learning difficulties, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘The level of educational achievement by incarcerated offenders in the UK is far lower than the average. In addition, 40-50% of prisoners assessed in John Rack’s research for the Dyslexia Institute (2005) were at or below levels of literacy and numeracy expected of an 11-year old. In 2007, the Prison Reform Trust reported that prison populations who showed serious deficits in literacy and numeracy reached up to 60% with a 30% dyslexia rate. This literacy problem extends to oral speech. People in the Criminal Justice System are ten times more likely to have a Speech and Communication Difficulty than members of the public. Research shows that 60% of young male offenders have a communication deficit as opposed to 3-10% of the general population (Available evidence for young female and adult offenders shows similarly high levels of speech-difficulties.) In the UK, low socio-economic status (SES), speech difficulty and school exclusions are co-morbid factors for offending. Having a speech difficulty also makes it near impossible for anyone with significant communication difficulties to navigate a legal system built upon excessive jargon without help. The criminal justice system must make structural interventions to protect the rights of persons with Speech and Communication Difficulty.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 17th September 2020

Source: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk

Dyslexic ex-sergeant Colin Hughes jailed for forgery – BBC News

Posted July 28th, 2017 in communicating false information, dyslexia, forgery, news, police, sentencing by tracey

‘A dyslexic former police officer has been jailed for forgery after he was caught out by his bad spelling.’

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BBC News, 28th July 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Don’t use dyslexia as an excuse, judge tells ‘bully’ businessman in divorce case as he says ‘even Albert Einstein had dyslexia’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in autism, divorce, dyslexia, family courts, judges, news, private hearings by sally

‘A businessman embroiled in a bitter divorce case with his estranged wife has been criticised by a judge for using his dyslexia as an excuse, telling him “even Einstein had dyslexia”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st February 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Starbucks employee wins dyslexia discrimination case – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2016 in dyslexia, employment tribunals, learning difficulties, news by sally

‘A woman with dyslexia has won a disability discrimination case against her employer Starbucks after she was accused of falsifying documents.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Student litigation – Choosing the right words – Hardwicke Chambers

“The case of Mr John Scarborough v Canterbury Christ Church University (Scarborough) which was recently decided carries potentially significant implications in terms of bringing a case that may fall under separate heads of action.This article discusses this decision and its practical effect on future litigation.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 7th November 2013

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Dyslexic pupil wins £25,000 compensation – The Guardian

Posted October 7th, 2008 in compensation, dyslexia, news, special educational needs by sally

“A pupil with dyslexia has received almost £25,000 in compensation from the local council after teachers failed to diagnose his condition, it has emerged.”

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The Guardian, 7th October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Dyslexic student’s exams battle – BBC News

Posted July 29th, 2008 in disability discrimination, dyslexia, examinations, news by sally

“A medical student with dyslexia is to take legal action in a bid to prevent the use of multiple choice exams as part of doctors’ training.”

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BBC News, 29th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Paterson v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – Times Law Reports

Posted August 22nd, 2007 in disability discrimination, dyslexia, law reports by sally

Dyslexia means that chief inspector of police is disabled

Paterson v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Employment Appeal Tribunal

“A chief inspector of police who was dyslexic and who was found by an employment tribunal to have been disadvantaged in comparison with his work colleagues in examinations for promotion, was disabled within the meaning of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.”

The Times, 22nd August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Dyslexic police inspector wins ruling he is disabled – The Times

Posted July 25th, 2007 in disability discrimination, dyslexia, news by sally

“A Metropolitan Police officer has won a test legal victory that dyslexia is a disability in the eyes of the law.”

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The Times, 25th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk