Janitor Claims Employer Treated Him Unfairly
December 18, 2002
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND--Ross Carpenter says he worked in the same job for six years -- even though his employers had been told his job threatened his safety -- until they fired him claiming he was "medically unfit" for the job.
During a hearing before a jobs tribunal Monday, Carpenter claimed his employer, the City Council of Edinburgh, unfairly dismissed him and discriminated against him because of his disability.
Carpenter, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, worked as a janitor in Moredun Towers from 1993 to 1999. Medical reports from as far back as 1993 indicated that Carpenter would have had trouble safely evacuating the top floors of the high-rise building if there were an emergency. That was not taken into consideration when it came to renewing his employment. But he was fired from his position because of illness.
The 38-year-old Carpenter said that he would have taken a different job if it had been offered to him. He also claimed that his coworkers taunted him, and that his supervisors made him hide so he wouldn't "embarrass" visiting officials.