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Wednesday, 7 August, 2002, 08:01 GMT 09:01 UK
Deaf man wins job ruling
Grantham Hospital
The ruling said the job tasks could have been changed
A deaf man who was refused a job because he could not answer the telephone has won a court battle to prove he was victimised.

Mark Keane from Grantham in Lincolnshire was turned down for a position at Grantham Hospital.

But an employment tribunal has said the hospital had breached the Disability Discrimination Act.

Mr Keane was awarded more than 7,000 in compensation by the tribunal but he said he brought the case as a matter of principle.

Job changes

"I had to because I should be working rather than fighting and I'm always having to fight to try and get a job," he said.

The tribunal decided the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust was wrong to turn down Mr Keane's application for a records clerk post.

It said the job's tasks could have easily been rearranged so that Mr Keane did not have to answer the telephone.

Mr Keane has said he hopes publicity surrounding his case will encourage employers to look at their own recruitment policies.

The hospitals trust says it will be taking the employment tribunal's criticisms on board for the future.


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