I opened my inbox this morning and was surprised to find that a friend had sent me a link to the Equality and Diversity page on The University of Warwick pertaining to their policy on Gender Reassignment. The policy document linked to on that page, which hasn’t been – it seems – updated since 2008 [so, prior to the passing of the Equality Act] states the following:
15.0 SICKNESS AND ABSENCE FROM THE UNIVERSITY
15.1 In putting together the transition action plan the time the student or employee will need in order to undergo gender reassignment treatment should be discussed. When the individual is absent for treatment or surgery then normal sick pay arrangements or absence arrangements should apply. The normal policy for medical appointments should also apply, flexibility should be offered in taking holiday or rearranging working hours or academic commitments in order to attend medical appointments. A sick note will be required, but the sick note does not need to state the procedures performed.
I have highlighted the aspect which I found most interesting in bold, since it seems to be clear that – with regard to story I commented on late last week – that the Warwick Medical School have not only breached the Equality Act 2010 but also policies laid down by the University. Interesting, no?