It's been a while since I've posted anything, but I'm back now.
Some of you may remember me and my story of trying to join the Specials while on antidepressant medication and subsequently being rejected. Despite my best efforts last year at withdrawing from them I failed, and due to depression resurfacing I have needed to return to my medication. Today I'm pleased to say that I'm well again, but then I always was on my medication. I work in a challenging part time position in the mental health field and I'm also a bereavement counsellor, my condition and medication have never before prevented me from following my ambitions - would I allow it to now?
In light of changes in the DDA on 1st October last year I requested a review of my application as I met changes in the regulations in relation to Home Office guidelines and recruitment in eight seperate areas.
I was informed that my case had been reviewed but the outcome was the same. I wrote to request details of an appeal procedure (one that I could attend) but all that happened was that my letter made it up to someone higher and the outcome was the same - sorry no entry. But this time the discrimmination was plain to see as it had been put in writing to the effect of: "we may consider a future application from you two years from now, as long as you have been clear from medication throughout that time" :sad:
It is my understanding that the recent change in the disability discrimination law means that it is unlawful to reject a candidate on the basis that they take medication, whether for a physical or emotional/mental issue.
Today I contacted the Disability Rights Commission, a body that had expressed interest in the circumstances of my case several months ago but was a resource that I was not prepared to pursue until I had exhausted all other efforts with the force concerned. I've ask the DRC to take up my case for me. I hope that perhaps a precendent can be set so that other candidates on antidepressant medication, but with a lot to offer the service can be considered and allowed to pursue a role in the Specials.
It appears, according to the DDA, that I have been treated less favourably than other applicants because I need a medication. I certainly feel that I have. I decided that my options were that I could either do nothing or fight the decision. I chose the latter, so watch this space!
Edited by AAM, 18 April 2005 - 03:44 PM.