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I have asked for unpaid leave to attend my son's wedding. He is getting married in Santorini. I am insulin dependent diabetic.The school has given me three days leave but this means that I have to take a twelve hour journey from manchester to Munich, Munich to Athens, Athens to Santorini. The return journey is 16 hours. I have asked for one more day so that I can take a 4 hour flight (these are only on certain days) as the 12 hour flight would make it difficult for me to control my diabetes. This has been refused. I asked for a reasonable adjustment to be made but I have been told that this only has to be done in the workplace. Could you help me with this?
The school are correct - they don't have to oblige reasonable adjustments for you to manage your personal and home life. Three days unpaid leave for such an event is generous by most schools definition. Why does the length of the flight make controlling diabetes any more difficult out of curiousity? - Surely there is food available and you can inject in flight?
I'm assuming the reason you can't get a direct flight to Santorini is because the wedding is in the winter - is this correct? Otherwise, there are direct flights, because I've taken them.
But I don't understand why you're having to bounce via Munich as well as Athens - there are direct flights to Athens.
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