MP Fiona Onasanya is cleared of discriminating against case worker

Shamed MP Fiona Onasanya is cleared of discriminating against disabled case worker after judge blames office landlord for broken lift that meant she was forced to use the gents

  • Jan Goodenough was a case worker for the Peterborough Labour MP in 2017
  • She suffers from conditions such as arthritis, IBS and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Judge Michael Ord ruled that the issue was down to the building’s landlord
  • He said that Ms Onasanya’s requirements of  Ms Goodenough were ‘reasonable’
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Jan Goodneough (pictured above) suffers from various conditions such as arthiritis

Former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya has been cleared of discriminating against a disabled case worker.

Jan Goodenough, who was a case worker for the Peterborough Labour MP in 2017, suffers from conditions including arthritis, IBS and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Judge Michael Ord ruled that a broken lift meant she was forced to use the men’s toilets and that Ms Onasanya’s employment requirements to Ms Goodenough were ‘reasonable’.   

Ms Goodenough resigned on November 7 2017.

She claimed during a three-day employment tribunal at Cambridge County Court that female toilets in the Peterborough office building were too far from her area of work.

Judge Michael Ord said there were no ladies toilets on the first floor, where Ms Onasanya’s office is located, but there were ladies toilets on the ground floor and second floor and the building had a lift.

Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya (centre) leaves Cambridge County Court after a discrimination case brought against her by a former worker is dismissed

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MP Fiona Onasanya’s Constituent Offices in Peterborough city centre

He said the lift was out of action between October 25 and November 2 in 2017 but that this was a matter for the building’s landlord.

Ms Goodenough said she was asked to work 9am to 5pm on Mondays and Fridays and that this could adversely affect her health.

The judge said Ms Onasanya’s requirements were ‘reasonable’.

He said: ‘It’s unfortunate that the demands of the role… were beyond the complainant’s physical capabilities.’

Fiona Onasanya was not aware of Ms Goodenough’s complex medical conditions

He described Ms Goodenough’s efforts to return to employment as ‘commendable’.

Speaking after today’s ruling, Ms Goodenough said outside court: ‘I did my best against a top-notch team.’

Ms Goodenough, who represented herself at the employment tribunal, said she was on Universal Credit and could not afford a barrister, whereas Ms Onasanya was legally represented.

The employee also said she was discriminated against because she was not allowed flexible working hours, which she said was required because of a number of medical conditions.

Yesterday (April 4), Stuart Brittenden, representing Ms Onasanya, had said it was ‘impossible’ for employers to cater for every disability and combination of disabilities.

He said Ms Onasanya could not have been expected to move her entire office to fit in with Ms Goodenough’s needs. 

Ms Onasanya made no comment as she left the hearing.



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