Starbucks recently lost a dyslexia Employment Tribunal in London. It concluded that the coffee company seemed to have scant understanding or knowledge of equality issues.
Even though the Starbucks employee had disclosed their dyslexia to the company, it did not seem to know what to do about it. The Tribunal agreed that the response from Starbucks amounted to disability discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. Our blog from 2014 could have helped them avoid this: what dyslexic staff need their HR Department to know
We are sure there are many more potential tribunal cases out there. As Dr Kate Saunders, CEO of the British Dyslexia Association says, “employers do not have the training or awareness to make adjustments for dyslexics”.
Luckily, we supply this training and awareness for employers. It is already being used by many organisations to improve their inclusivity activity. Here’s the course details: Understanding and Supporting Dyslexia in Business
It’s a short online course teaching workplace trainers, mentors and HR staff about:
- associated learning differences like autism and dyspraxia
- how your company makes reasonable adjustments to take these into account.
When you make these adjustments, you get a more productive, happier and loyal workforce.
It’s a more cost-effective and positive route to better disability awareness than taking the Starbucks path.
Your training staff could be starting this course today, and receive a CPD certificate on its completion.
You can order it here.