Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW

Dismissed after attempted suicide

Conciliation - Disability discrimination in employment

The complainant was hospitalised following an attempted suicide. He said that after he underwent treatment and was discharged, his employer dismissed him and told him he was a very sick man and should apply for a disability pension. He made a complaint of disability discrimination.

The employer said that during his three years of employment the complainant had taken substantial periods of time off work. They said they had taken many steps to accommodate his mental health by allowing extended periods of unpaid leave, and had not actually terminated his employment in this instance.

The complainant did not accept the employer's explanation and said he had lost trust in the employer. At conciliation, both parties agreed to end the employment relationship. The employer agreed to pay the man $9,000, and provide him with a statement of service and a statement of regret. This resolved the complaint.

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