A BBC picture editor who was sacked for waging a campaign of gay harassment against a colleague has been awarded £4,000 compensation - because the corporation failed to take account of his bipolar disorder.Ummm, what?
So, they shouldn’t have sacked him?
Well, no. Even the Tribunal couldn’t say that:
He lost his claim for unfair dismissal after a tribunal found the BBC was within its rights to sack him.What sort of ‘reasonable adjustment? The mind fair boggles…
But he was awarded £4,000 after the tribunal found BBC bosses should have made "reasonable adjustments" under the Disability Discrimination Act.
The Central London tribunal accepted the BBC had "no real alternative" but to dismiss Steer after his behaviour "became more than just unwelcome, reaching the point it was threatening".If they had no alternative, then why award him the money?
After the hearing Mr Steer said: "I'm happy to win my tribunal for discrimination of my bipolar condition. But I'm still saddened by the lack of understanding and humanity shown by the BBC towards my mental health condition."Should they have abandoned their duty of care to the other employee, then, in order to accommodate you?
I’ve got a horrible feeling that the answer might well have been ‘Yes’. Still, it’s not the Beeb’s money, is it..?