Tribunal hears case of woman mocked for disability

A woman was forced to quit her job after her boss allegedly mocked her about her disability, a tribunal heard.

Gail Lewis, of Felixstowe, Suffolk, who has a deformed hand, claims the town’s shipping agent John Denny had goaded her about her disability and used the word “flid”.

Denny said he used the word in her presence, but the comment was not directed at her.

The word “flid” is slang for people born with deformities caused by the drug Thalidomide taken by mothers during pregnancy.

Lewis told the tribunal that the alleged incident happened after she had spilt ink on her shirt.

A tribunal decision is expected later this month.

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