What is a disability?On 30 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Abadeh,a telephone operator, suffered permanent hearing loss and tinnitus in his leftear after receiving a sudden, high-pitched noise through his headset. He alsodeveloped post traumatic stress disorder. Abadeh brought a disabilitydiscrimination claim and the tribunal had to establish whether Abadeh was”disabled” within the meaning of the Disability Discrimination Act. Thetribunal considered four medical reports, two for each of the parties. BT’sreports were prepared by M. The tribunal held that although Abadeh had animpairment which adversely affected his ability to carry out normal day-to-dayactivities the effects of the impairment were not substantial. Accordingly,Abadeh was not disabled. Abadehappealed. The EAT found that the tribunal had been over-influenced by M’sopinion and the matter was remitted to a fresh tribunal. Interestingly, the EATalso held that the effects of medical treatment (Abadeh’s ongoingpsychotherapy) should be taken into account if the medical evidence showed thatcontinuing treatment brought a permanent improvement. Abadehv British Telecommunications, IDS Brief 675, EAT Related posts:No related photos.