Llangollen woman who quit job over illness loses tribunal

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A WOMAN who resigned from her job because of her bosses' attitude to her severe migraine problems has lost her claim for unfair dismissal.

Elizabeth Ault-Walker from Llangollen claimed she felt forced to quit her job as IT consultant with Country House Wedding Venues Ltd because of the unsympathetic attitude of managing director Diana Hastie and her husband Ian, the finance director.

Mrs Ault-Walker joined the Rossett-based firm as IT manager in March, 2007. She told an employment tribunal she explained to Mrs Hastie at that time that although she sometimes needed time off because of her migraine attacks she would make up the hours lost.

The Abergele tribunal was told the company acted as agent for weddings in country mansions, historic halls and other venues throughout the country.

Mrs Ault-Walker, who also suffered from depression, said inappropriate lighting and other factors sometimes triggered the migraine attacks. The final straw came when Mr Hastie ordered to be removed a partition which had been in place behind her desk and which reduced the glare on her computer screen.

Mr and Mrs Hastie said they had made great efforts to accommodate her and did not want her to leave.

Mrs Ault-Walker, who claimed constructive dismissal and disability discrimination, accepted she had a tendency towards paranoia.

Dismissing her claim yesterday, employment judge Barry Clarke said the case had much to do with the perceptions of the opposing sides and although she had long periods off work it was clear the company had been flexible in trying to accommodate her as the quality of her work was appreciated.

He said on several occasions between March, 2008 and January, 2010, the couple had tried to reassure her that she was valued.

“Her resignation was premature and was not justified by the respondents' actions,” he added.

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