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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 July 2007, 18:10 GMT 19:10 UK
Deaf employee given compensation
Walsall Deaf Peoples' Centre
Colin Sanders has worked at the centre for 13 years
The director of a charity which helps deaf people has been ordered to pay 2,000 compensation to a member of staff who is deaf.

Jayne Fletcher, who worked for Walsall Deaf Peoples' Centre, was awarded the compensation by an employment tribunal in Birmingham.

The tribunal heard there had been a failure to use sign language in Miss Fletcher's presence, despite requests.

Mr Sanders, an MBE, was unavailable for comment.

He has been at the Walsall Deaf Centre for 13 years.

Miss Fletcher settled the claim with the centre and with another employee amicably but asked for compensation in Mr Sander's case for injury to her feelings.

Afterwards, her barrister Jennifer Deacon said she welcomed the result of the case.

"She is relieved this case has now been settled and hopes no-one else has to go through a similar experience," she said.

A tribunal had ruled the charity failed to support Jayne Fletcher

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