Ms Riley had worked as a Social Worker for Dundee City Council. As part of her employment, she was based in Niewells Hospital, where she oversaw and arranged care for disabled children. However, she says that she was criticised for her report writing skills – one of her duties at the Council. She felt that this amounted to discrimination, as Dyspraxia often affects speech and language ability. She decided to proceed with her claim to the Dundee Employment Tribunal.
The tribunal heard from the council that there had been issues with the claimant’s report writing. Furthermore, a performance review failed to show any improvements in her ability.
Ms Riley was diagnosed with dyspraxia in early 2012. Because the allegations of discrimination concerned events previous to this date, the council said that they could not have reasonably known that she suffered from a disability.
Judge McFatridge rejected the claim, deeming that it had little chance of success. The claimant has now launched an appeal against this decision.