Dismissal due to illness or injury

Losing your job because of a bleeding disorder is a difficult situation, and it’s important to know you have options. Here’s a breakdown of what you can do:

1. Understand Your Rights:

The Equality Act 2010 protects employees with disabilities from discrimination in the workplace, and a bleeding disorder can be considered a disability under the act if it significantly affects your daily life.

2. Gather Evidence (Optional but Helpful):

While not mandatory, gathering evidence can strengthen your case. This could include:

  • Performance reviews show you met expectations.
  • Documentation of communication with your employer about your bleeding disorder.
  • Records of any disciplinary actions taken against you, especially if they seem connected to your disorder.

3. Seek Support and Guidance:

  • Equality Advisory and Support Service: This free service offers advice and support for people who believe they have been discriminated against at work
  • Employment Lawyer: They can offer tailored advice based on your situation and explore potential legal options.

4. Consider Dispute Resolution:

  • ACAS conciliation: This free service facilitated by ACAS can help you reach an agreement with your employer. It’s a good option if you’d like to try resolving it directly.

5. Consider a Legal Claim:

If conciliation doesn’t work and you feel confident, you might explore a legal claim at an employment tribunal. Such claims usually have time limits, so it’s important to act quickly.


  • Contact your doctor: Discuss your situation and career goals. They may have insights or resources to help you find work suitable for your condition.
  • Job Search: Don’t put your job search on hold. Look for positions with minimal physical risk and highlight your skills and qualifications.

Remember, losing your job due to a disability is a serious issue. By understanding your rights, gathering evidence if possible, and seeking support, you can explore options to address this situation.