Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate contemporary theoretical and empirical debates about the nature of impairment and disability.
The allegation for disability discrimination against Starbucks is valid. Yes, the perspective is mainly from the employee’s side. The prime reason that I found is that the employee, Meseret Kumulchew, when serves as a supervisor, she is well aware of her responsibility from the time she is recruited.
Due to Dyslexia, the concerned organization put allegations that she has falsified the data while recording the water and fridge temperatures. The allegation in this case is wrong is because, the organization knows about her medical condition and thus, lost the case against disability discrimination.
It is also true that an organization has to perform their business function properly and they have to maintain their productivity with the profitability. However in this the allegation on the employee for falsifying the documents is extreme. The organization should have to consider the emotional balance of each employee. In this case, the victim event took attempt for suicide and face mental trauma during those days.
Firstly, the employer should not blame suddenly on the employees regarding their loyalty for the organization. Starbucks in this case also adhere to the 2010 Equality Act and allow more time to the employee to complete her work or provide her a helping hand so that she could accomplish her duties within time. The employer can conduct a face-to-face meeting to discuss about the issue rather than blame on her that result in a court case, which on the other hand, hampers the brand’s reputation.
According to the British Dyslexia Association, it is recommended that all organizations must make reasonable adjustments and formulate necessary organizational policies so that people with minor and major disability cannot face any challenge to complete their daily job roles and responsibilities.
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