A former Canberra public servant says his bosses forced him out of his job because he is legally blind.
Ex-Bureau of Statistics worker Matthew Artis says he was unfairly moved around different sections of the ABS, treated as a liability and once told he was a "fish out of water" by one of his bosses.
Mr Artis is suing his former employer in the Federal Circuit Court where he is alleging he was the victim of serious and blatant disability discrimination by the Commonwealth.
The Bureau denies it discriminated against Mr Artis and shows every sign it is preparing to fight the case.
In documents filed with the court, Mr Artis says he endured years of mistreatment before he finally succumbed to pressure from his bosses to take a medical retirement in late 2014.
He alleges the Bureau's conduct inflicted lasting psychological damage, leaving him unable to find work and says he is currently trying to get by on a pension while he claims compensation for lost wages, past and future, as well as other damages.
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He says ABS managers engaged in a series of petty acts of discrimination around the workplace, including refusing to allow him to work with commonly-used screen-reading recognition software to allow him to carry out his day-to-day tasks.
He was then pressured into taking a "total and permanent incapacity" discharge from the service, according to court documents.
Mr Artis says he encountered a lot of low-level discrimination in his 10 years at the Bureau and took it in his stride, according to documents lodged with the Federal Circuit Court.
During his first few years with the ABS, Mr Artis said he was happy and successful working as assistant director in protective security for the agency's sites around the country.
But the trouble began when Mr Artis, an EL1, moved from security to the ABS's IT service centre at the same time his eye-sight took a turn for the worse.
Office managers interfered and objected when Mr Artis asked for a quiet area of the workplace so he could control the light around him and use his screen reader without background noise.
He was moved again and ended up in ICT projects, where he says he was put to work on reading and research, a completely inappropriate job for a vision-impaired worker.
There was further trouble when the ABS began using a version of Internet Explorer that would not work with Mr Artis' screen-reader and, he says, his bosses were not interested in working the problem out.
Eye strains, headaches and the anxiety of it all forced Mr Artis on to six months stress leave, he says.
When he had exhausted all of his time-off, he returned and the ABS allegedly began again to put the pressure on to force him out.
"I was told I was not going to be moved and the only option I would have was to resign or to take a total and permanent incapacity pension," Mr Artis told the court in his claim document.
"The last thing I wanted to do was take a pension, I knew I had more to offer, I just needed to be treated fairly and given the same opportunity as others.
"I had never felt so disabled as how I was treated."
The Bureau, in its response to Mr Artis' claim, denies it discriminated against him, that it failed to provide reasonable adjustments for its disabled employee or assign appropriate tasks.
It further denies "discrimination occurred in [it's] decision to terminate the [Mr Artis's] employment."
The case returns to court this month.