Conway v Lincolnshire Police

8 February 2022

A claim by a constable with ‘mild dyslexia’ who had initially declined all assistance from the Respondent Force. On deciding to work from home during the pandemic and on restricted (admin) duties he requested a laptop to assist him as  the hand held device issued to PCs proved difficult to use. Despite being assured of the safety of the station 2 minutes’ walk away from his home he refused to attend there to access desk top computers with the spell and grammar check he needed.  On requesting a laptop and despite demand by operational/front line officers being heavy he was provided with a laptop within a reasonable period.  The Employment Tribunal rejected his claim that  the Respondent force had failed to make reasonable adjustments.  The second part of the claim involved an out of time allegation that he had been harassed by a member of police staff who had criticised the quality of  a report in terms of content and necessary information.  The Employment Tribunal accepted that this was part and parcel of normal working life and had nothing to do with the Claimant’s dyslexia.  As this part of the claim was out of time the court declined jurisdiction but opined that even had they accepted jurisdiction they would have dismissed it.  


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