Anti-Discrimination NSW


​Removed from duties for dyslexia assessment - Disability discrimination

Conciliations - Employment

​Publication date: February 2016

The complainant works in the public transport industry. ​Following an incident where he was late at his point of duty, it was discovered that he has dyslexia which made it difficult for him to interpret the transport timetable. After this incident, he developed a method of transcribing the timetable so he could understand it more easily.

The employer removed the man from his substantive duties to have him assessed, and he made a complaint of disability discrimination. The respondent argued that the assessment was necessary in order to assess his disability, what accommodation he might need in order to do his job, and what level of risk it might pose, if any.

The complainant said that the process of assessment was inordinately lengthy and delayed his return to his substantive position. As a result he suffered the loss of enjoyment of his job and allowances relating to that time.


The complaint was resolved when the employer agreed to reimburse the complainant's lost allowances. They also supplied the complainant and all other employees in similar roles with tablet devices to assist them with the timetables and attendance at point of duty.

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