RE:Parents of disabled children and annual leave
(Date Posted:17/08/2011 12:02 PM)
" You can ask for flexible working; but there's no legal obligation for it to be done."
You can ask.
Your request must be cosidered seriously. (There is a stipulated procedure.)
You can only be turned down on one of the government's stipulated grounds. (Cost, insufficient work available at the time you want to work, etc)
An employer may have genuine business reasons for turning you down, if not, if you are a woman you might be able to claim 'indirect sex discrimination' because women tend to have more childcare responsibilities than men. If you are a married man you might be able to claim indirect marital discrimination in the same way. If you are a man in a workplace where women are allowed to work flexibly but men not, you might be able to claim direct sex discrimination.
An unmarried man who is turned down for flexible working might more have difficulty challenging the decision.
As Deb said, for disabled employees there is the possibility of 'reasonable adjustments' under the Equality Act.
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