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Judge with dyslexia wins employment claim

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Judge with dyslexia wins employment claim

Employment law claim concerning equality

It was reported in The Times that a dyslexic Judge was successful in suing the Ministry of Justice.  An employment tribunal found that the Ministry of Justice breached an equality law that required “reasonable adjustments” to be made for Nadine Clarkson Palomares to conduct her judicial business efficiently.

Deputy Judge Palomares is an immigration and social security specialist judge. She sits as a part-time judge in social security and child support chamber and immigration and asylum chamber tribunals. She represented herself in a 2 week trial and was required to cross-examine her bosses on whom she will rely for references if she seeks promotion.

The Judge had been battling for access to voice-recognition software so she could do her job. It was reported that they “did not know how to handle the claimant’s situation properly,” said the ruling. The Tribunal ultimately ruled in favour of Deputy Judge Palomares.

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By Enda Lavery


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