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I was working as a Speech and language therapist NHS trust

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I was working as a Speech and language therapist for a NHS trust for 18 yrs. I developed MS in 2007 and was subjected to a competency hearing in 2014 after my electronic records were scrutinized. I was found to not have put enough detail in my notes. I was demoted to a newly qualified grade with immediate effect, removed from my team and stripped of my specialist in Autism. I took early retirement in July 2015 as to remain on such a low grade would have affected my pension. The HCPC (health care professional council) found in April 2016 that this could have been managed informally in supervision. They also stated that the investigating officer was not qualified to do so and was biased in her investigation.
I have missed the deadlines to go to an employment tribunal and wondered if I could take civil action on the grounds of discrimination. I was not incompetent and should have been treated in the same way as others without a health condition ie, difficulties addressed in supervision rather than the draconian process of a competency hearing

Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today. Unfortunately the deadline for discrimination in the county court is 6 months so whilst slightly longer than the tribunal one, it does still make you out of time to claim. These would have been your only two options to pursue discrimination but as it happens you have sadly missed them both now.

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