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Mum sacked for having diabetes

Elizabeth Morrison, 51, decided to take her employer to court after claiming she was sacked from her job at a Forest of Dean cake factory when her employers learnt she had diabetes.

It was announced on 8 February, just as the court case was due to start in Bristol, that Elizabeth Morrison and her employer, Emma's Country Cakes in Coleford, have now reached an out-of-court settlement

The mother-of-one, from St Briavels, has had diabetes for 32 years. She had only been working at the cake factory for 10 days when she was approached by a manager who had seen her sipping from a soft drink can while on duty. She was then asked if she had diabetes which she confirmed.

Mrs Morrison claimed management sacked her on the spot, adding that she should have declared her ‘disability’ and that her condition prevented her from safely operating factory machinery.

Simon O’Neill, Director of Care and Policy at Diabetes UK, said: "This case highlights the fact that so many people are ignorant about diabetes. There is no reason why people with the condition can’t do any job. It’s about the individual, not blanket bans.

"We are delighted that the company has seen sense and we hope that cases like this will become a thing of the past."

Mrs Morrison now works as a carer for children with learning difficulties.

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