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People with dyslexia should not be forced to turn up to work on time, an employment judge has ruled, after a security guard accused his bosses of discrimination.
Raymond Joseph Bryce said he had been discriminated against after he told bosses his dyslexia meant he 'would be late for his own funeral'.
He said his condition meant he was 'disorganised' and that he often misread his alarm clock in the morning.
Mr Bryce insisted he would always be late and asked his managers for 'leeway' in turning up 15 or 20 minutes late, but after a a string of incidents they instead abruptly stopped offering him shifts.
The security guard, from Stafford, West Midlands, accused them of discrimination and a failure to make reasonable adjustments for his disability.
Raymond Joseph Bryce said he had been discriminated against after he told bosses his dyslexia meant he 'would be late for his own funeral'
Mr Bryce's claims have now been upheld by an employment tribunal in Nottingham, which concluded his dyslexia made it 'difficult' for him to wake up early, plan ahead, and read the time. He is now in line for compensation.
The panel heard Mr Bryce began doing shift work for Sentry Consulting Ltd, a private security firm, in December 2020 at the old Derby Royal Infirmary site in Derby.
But he was late on three occasions over the next three weeks, prompting his managers to call him in for a meeting.
Mr Bryce blamed his dyslexia and the time of year as the weather was 'cold, frosty, and snowy', so travel could be disrupted.
Giving evidence to the panel, he said: 'I will always be late with my disability. I’m not intentionally late. I will try to be on time [but] no matter how I plan it fails. I’m going to be late for my own funeral.
'I’m late for everything. I don’t foresee danger... I’m like a rabbit in the headlights.'
Mr Bryce explained his dyslexia meant he often reads the numbers wrong on his digital alarm clock, and resultantly believes he has more time.
He said he struggled to wake up early for shifts and