Hi all, Today I was dismissed from work for a typical impulsive moment (fellow ADHD will understand) I work at a local adventure park and I was stationed on a large climbing net. Following 8months of hard work with multiple positive feedback from customers I did a typically adrenaline/attention seeking thing involving me hanging (full safety equipment) upside down off the top. My boss saw a photo on Facebook and decided to haul me in for a disciplinary where he dismissed me on the grounds of "breach of health and safety" I am sure many of you have done impulsive things like me but I was surprised when fired after no previous misdemeanors. My manager made reference to wether "ADHD exists or not" (negative implication) it wouldn't cause me to be stupid? Any advice on what to include in an appeal? Many thanks
There's a legal case for disability discrimination here if the employer refuses to acknowledge that ADHD exists, particularly if you'd already made them aware of the diagnosis and they didn't help to look for reasonable adjustments that needed to be made to make sure you could do the job. Arguably, if they knew you had ADHD and you did something that put yourself at risk on-site, it's their health and safety issue, not yours.
I'd say it would be a good start to talk to the CAB or somewhere like that to get advice on how to stand your ground on this.
It isn't much to go on. Did they sack you for breaking work rules? Did you put others at risk?
It is worth putting in a claim (it's still free at the moment) on the grounds that they didn't make reasonable adjustments for your ADHD ie your impulsiveness and claim that they went OTT and could have given you a written warning instead.
remember you have 3 months to put the claim in (try not to procrastinate! )