Epileptic beats the bullies

An epileptic woman who was employed by Estee Lauder has been told she will receive compensation after an employment tribunal ruled that she had been a victim of bullying.

The tribunal agreed that two of Susy White's managers had been guilty of disability discrimination and bullying.

Ms White told solicitors that she had been called "a silly little girl" who "lacked a business brain" after she revealed her disability.

After being forced to take three months off sick, she returned to find that she had been demoted.

An Estee Lauder spokeswoman said: "The company accepts the tribunal's ruling that found against the company in this case and has taken the judgement very seriously.

"Because of the tribunal's findings the company will ensure that steps are taken to enhance current management training."

There is no restriction on the amount an employee in Britain and Northern Ireland can be awarded in disability discrimination cases, and it has been rumoured that Ms White could receive £225,000.

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