Starbucks employee wins dyslexia discrimination case
9 February 2016
From the section UK
Media captionMeseret Kumulchew tells Clive Coleman how the allegations affected her life
A woman with dyslexia has won a disability discrimination case against her employer Starbucks after she was accused of falsifying documents.
A tribunal found Meseret Kumulchew had been discriminated against after making mistakes due to her difficulties with reading, writing and telling the time.
She was given lesser duties at her branch in London and told to retrain, which left her feeling suicidal.
Starbucks said it was in discussions about providing more workplace support.
‘Not a fraud’
As a supervisor at Starbucks in Clapham, south-west London, Ms Kumulchew was responsible for taking the temperature of fridges and water at specific times and entering the results in a duty roster.
She was accused of falsifying the documents after mistakenly entering wrong information.
She took Starbucks to an employment tribunal alleging disability discrimination saying she had always made it known to her employer that she was dyslexic which means she has difficulties with words and numbers, and has to be shown how to do tasks visually.
Ms Kumulchew told the BBC: “There was a point that I wanted to commit suicide. I am not a fraud. The name fraud itself shouldn’t exist for me. It’s quite serious. I nearly ended my life. But I had to think of my kids. I know I’m not a fraud. I just made a mistake.” …read more
Source:: BBC UK