What was the case about?
In Charlesworth v Dransfields Engineering Services Ltd UKEAT/0197/16/JOJ, the employment appeal tribunal considered whether making an employee redundant following long term illness due to cancer amounted to disability discrimination.
The legal background
A definition of discrimination can be found in the Equality Act 2010.
In general terms an employer cannot treat an employee with a disability less favourably than they would treat an employee without a disability, unless it can be objectively justified and shown that the treatment was a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.
An employee suffering from cancer is automatically deemed to be disabled from the day of diagnosis.