Flexible Working Request

Flexible Working Request – Reading

Our Rowberry Morris employment law solicitors were approached by our client in Reading after she sustained an injury.

Our client underwent surgery but following this found she:-

  • could not sit for long periods of time, including in the car;

  • needed to be able to move around at regular intervals;

  • benefited from regular exercise such as swimming”.


Our client had made a flexible working request and asked to work from home twice a week, and to vary her office hours to avoid driving to and from the office during rush hour. Medical evidence supported the request and flexible working and flexible hours were common in that particular workplace. Our client’s contract of employment described her role as “flexi”. Despite this our client’s manager said no, without justification for his refusal; he wanted our client to be in the office five days a week. Our client appealed the decision and tried to negotiate with the employer but was unsuccessful.

We issued proceedings in the Employment Tribunal. We asked for a declaration that our client:-

  1. was disabled within the meaning of Section 6 of the Equality Act 2010;

  2. was being discriminated against on the grounds of her disability and that the refusal to agree to any of her flexible working requests amounted to unfavourable treatment under Section 15 of the Equality Act 2010.

Our employment law team were able to help our client to ensure her claim was settled: she received a payment of compensation. This was a fantastic result for our employment solicitors in Reading.


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