A woman with dyslexia who worked at Starbucks says she nearly tried to kill herself (Ed: meaning what, she thought about getting the top off the aspirin bottle, but didn’t?) because the coffee giant treated her so badly because it did not understand her condition.
Her difficulty with reading, writing and telling the time- which she says she had always made clear to her employer - led to her supervisor duties being reduced, leaving her with suicidal feelings.There are some jobs where this wouldn’t be an issue, but clearly, her’s isn’t one of those:
Ms Kumulchew worked at a branch in Clapham, south-west London, where her job involved recording temperatures of water and fridges at certain times of the day and writing them on a duty roster.
She said she needed to be shown how to do tasks visually, as she was a visual learner and stressed the most important thing that could be done was to “apply what Starbucks say - ‘do show and tell’ - which works brilliantly for me as I can do it physically”.
She added that the company should have “brought in the Dyslexia Association” and that having someone check what she had done would have helped her.Yes, that makes sense. What company wouldn’t want to have two people employed doing the same job? *rolls eyes*
The tribunal found Starbucks did not make any reasonable adjustments to help her do her job and instead discriminated against her and victimised her.
Starbucks said: “We are in on-going discussions with this employee… and we are not able to comment on a case that has not yet been completed", reported the BBC.In other words, her lawyer’s trying to screw them for the maximum compo…
The CEO of the British Dyslexia Association, Dr Kate Saunders, said: “Many dyslexics are struggling in the work place with very high levels of anxiety, because employers do not have the training or the awareness to make adjustments for them.”All things being equal, why on earth would you hire someone who can’t perform the duties they are paid to perform without handholding?