A spokesman for Charles Hurst said:

“This case draws attention to key learnings for every employer and we note the industrial tribunal’s judgement and the decisions made.

“Charles Hurst Group vehemently opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and notes that the tribunal acknowledged that the company did not discriminate against Ms McLaughlin on the grounds of her disability.

“The tribunal also ruled, unanimously, that neither did the company victimise nor harass the claimant.

“We fully accept, however, the tribunal’s one ruling that the length of time which was taken to implement a reduction in working hours was too long and we deeply regret any distress this caused."

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