Employment issues

Hi I'm sorry if this is in the wrong place,

I'm having problems at work, to the point where I've no choice but to leave.

Basically no adjustments or consideration of my ASD and adhd.

My work emailed waiting to know that I felt I'd been treated fairly, which I don't. I had not planned to raise this with them, just to go and draw a line.

I've spoken to ACAS, family, but wanted the view of people who have similar struggles that I do.

I am at such a point, that I don't know how I feel, how to react and even what's acceptable or normal just now.

Any opinions on the situation would be welcome, 

Thank you.

  • What accommodations have you asked for?    In what ways have they neglected to support you?

    You need to be able to step back and think clearly-  I've been in your situation and you need to talk it over with someone outside - even your parents - to try to work out if your stress is really to do with the immediate job or are a load of external pressures just overloading you in the short term.

  • If you haven't raised unfair treatment with them then it may well be worth at least having that conversation. If you're planning to leave anyway then you don't have anything to lose. Just go through their formal routes, make sure you're polite and respectful to the people you engage with, avoid blaming people and make it clear that you're not trying to cause trouble.

    Towards that, articulate events in a simple factual "This happened, and the impact on me was.." That way you can keep the emotional descriptions to the impact on you, and come across as professional and grounded regarding the events themselves.

    They'll want to know what you want, so plan ahead before speaking with them. If you're leaving anyway then you maybe have little you want or expect from them, but one reasonable request is that they review and understand how their processes and policies have forced out someone disabled, and seek to make appropriate adjustments for the benefit of their other employees. If there are reasonable adjustments they can make that will directly benefit you then obviously you can ask for those, but that assumes you'd prefer to stay.

    Whether you do talk to them or not, it's an awful job market at the moment so consider whether staying until you find a new role might be an option.

  • This happened to me recently, in fact they tried to use their processes against me but, thanks to the union, they failed.

    Make sure you have copies of any letters or emails in regard to this. Suggest you print them or send them to your own email as the company can delete all your files as soon as you leave.

    In law it states that the company must make reasonable adjustments to aid you in your work.

    Do not confirm the email but reply asking them to specify how they believe they have complied with employment/discrimination law. Put the ball back in their half.

    Obviously please confirm this with a legal person. There is a Facebook page for free legal advice with qualified practitioners answering.

    The thing to remember is that either way you will probably not work there as they will be watching you carefully.

    In my case I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement and received a pay-out. The average amount is about £11,000 according to ACAS.

    Hope this helps  

  • Honestly, when does that ever work out for the autistic individual. the majority of the time the process is used against the autistic person. Unless the autistic individual is highly skilled and competent at their job the employer isn't going spend money or even think about making any reasonable accommodation or any reasonable adjustment.

    Raising the issues is only going to end up with the individual being managed out of the job and struggling to finding another meaningful employment opportunity. Employers have many means to get around removing employees they don't like without breaking the law and the equality act.

    What you need is for some sort of organisation or Union to help support and witness to support any claims you make against your current employer. You need to beware that leaving a job from a company that has outside connection of their own business can lead to career suicide and impact finding future employment. Your current co-workers can also sting your employment opportunities elsewhere.   

    Unless you are physically disfigured or intend to continue working for your current employer any legal battle or settlement can deter future employers.         

  • i agree with plastic ---- just tell them frankly what u want ...... see what they say.... tell us what you want !

    put another way,,,,

    it is easier to find and get a new job while you are in a job than not in one.

  • My settlement included what would be sent as a reference and as such I have the right to see them.

  • I sympathize with employment problems.  But if they want you out they will get you out.

    I was fired in 2018 just before I completed a probationary period, so I had less legal rights.

    At my dismissal hearing they had a list of around twenty minor issues with my behaviour.  Two even contradicted each other.  My direct manager stated that extra help and support was made available to me.  I was criticized for not accepting certain help, the point was made that if I didn't use the help that was made available then I wouldn't improve.  Later I was criticized for accepting certain help and support.  The point was made that by accepting help I was a financial liability to the company.

    It's a case of damned if you do and damned if you don't.

  • Have you had a look at Access to Work? They might be able to support you whilst you are still employed. https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work

    I'm not diagnosed yet and trying to come up with reasonable adjustments contributed to poor mental health and three months off work. Not ideal but has given me a bit more perspective. I'm fortunate I have a supportive boss and have worked there for 6 years (mostly positive with the odd blip). 

    Have you been in the role long? Are they new issues or something you've had problems with from the start?

  • Lots of advice but you need to get legal help. 

    Solicitors give 30 free appointments.

    Union if your in it

    Citizen's advice

  • I got some legal advice through my employers assistance programme.

    I've already resigned, got a new job with less than ideal terms....I wasn't exactly thinking straight at the time, didn't want to go on the sick etc.

    I've written back stating what happened and how it affected me.

    Legal advised that not only should work make reasonable adjustments, but they should anticipate them also...neither of which they did.

    Adjustments to my work station, hours, lighting, noise disruption, communication of change and mitigating it etc. None of which were done.

    I've stated this.

    I'm just massively overwhelmed at the moment, the emotion I had bottled up throughout has now hit me like a tsunami.

    Thank you for all your advice given now and in future, I've felt very alone and it means the world to have your input.