Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Worker's a Winner

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Worker's a Winner

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Byline: By Nick Whitten

A railway worker who was forced out of his job after developing hearing problems has won thousands of pounds in compensation.

Steve Anderton, 50, of Heaton, Newcastle, was removed from his job as a track chargeman for Network Rail after failing a hearing test because of deafness brought about by his work.

Bosses tried to shift him to either a lower-paid office job as a timekeeper or a manual job working on the tracks, both of which he was unhappy about.

A Newcastle tribunal found Mr Anderton had been discriminated against

on grounds of disability because Network Rail had failed to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate his hearing loss.

It ordered Network Rail to pay him pounds 7,500 in compensation and ensure he was kept on his current rate of pay for the doing the timekeeper's office job.

Mr Anderton said: "It's a relief that this is all over and done with. But it's a shame that it ever had to come this far. …

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