Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Cancer policewoman awarded £55,000

Hazel Brady won 55,000 pounds in damages from the PSNI after claiming discrimination on her return to work following cancer treatment

A police officer in Northern Ireland who complained she was discriminated against after returning to work from cancer treatment has been paid £55,000.

Inspector Hazel Brady believed she faced undue work demands and unfounded criticism after she went back to her desk in January 2008.

Police paid the money without admitting liability.

Mrs Brady said: "This was an extremely stressful time for me, especially whilst still recovering from cancer. I was very shocked, saddened and disappointed that the treatment I received during the two-and-a-half years after my return to work made an already difficult situation much worse for me.

"I am relieved that the PSNI have acknowledged the upset and distress I suffered."

Mrs Brady was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. She complained of discriminatory treatment on her return to work, including her belief that the Police Service of Northern Ireland failed to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate her medical condition.

She felt undue demands were made of her, including a workload which did not take her health into account after further investigative cancer-related surgery, and that she faced unfounded criticism of her work. She also alleged she was denied training opportunities available to her male colleagues.

After she lodged a complaint, she and her chief inspector husband David Brady complained they were victimised as they faced allegations of misconduct which were not progressed. Mr Brady was awarded £7,500 without admission of liability because of his victimisation complaint.

Mrs Brady also alleged that she was victimised by the way her sickness absence for cancer-related surgery was managed.

The Equality Commission supported both cases.

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