Islington must pay disabled worker made to hot desk £10,000

Islington Town Hall.Picture:Ken Mears

Islington Town Hall.Picture:Ken Mears - Credit: Archant

Islington Council must pay a disabled worker more than £10,000 after she was made to hot desk in Finsbury Park, a tribunal has ruled.

Employment judge McNeill QC upheld a complaint from a Miss D Japal at a Watford employment tribunal, ordering the council to pay her £10,102.50, including £102.50 interest for “injury to feelings”.

The court heard how Miss Japal had been subjected to hot desking, a practice where workers are made to move desks dependent on shifts, at her office in Newington Barrow Way.

In his judgement, Judge McNeill stated: “It is declared that the respondent subjected the claimant to unlawful disability discrimination contrary to s.21 and s.15 of the Equality Act 2010.”

The judge found she needed a “fixed desk of her choice on the second floor” of the building. It must also be “appropriate to her needs” and delivered “as soon as practicable”.


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The judgement does not specify what Miss Japals’s disability is.

Three of her colleagues must also receive “training on [Islington’s] hot desking policy and the duty to make reasonable adjustments”.

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Islington Council declined to comment.

Is this you? Contact Lucas at the Gazette newsdesk on 020 7433 0121 or email lucas.cumiskey@archant.co.uk

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