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Bipolar episode leads to sacking from committee

Rodney had bipolar disorder and was a life member of a foundation. At a management committee meeting, Rodney claimed the foundation had humiliated him after he had an episode. They asked him to resign or be forced to resign, on the basis that he couldn't guarantee he would not suffer another episode in a meeting. He claimed disability discrimination on the basis of his bipolar disorder, and complained to the Commission.

The foundation responded saying that they had asked for Rodney's resignation due to his behaviour and not because of his disability.

A conciliation conference was held and the complaint was settled for $4,355, as a refund of Rodney's donations to the foundation. The foundation agreed to do this on the basis that he resign his life membership. The foundation also agreed to amend their constitution to reflect current equal opportunity legislative requirements.

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