Case Review: Housekeeper of wealthy countess fired following pregnancy discrimination

A housekeeper at the home of Maya Von Schoenburg, former wife of the Mercedes-Benz heir, was fired after getting pregnant and has been awarded £19,000 in damages for pregnancy discrimination. Teresa Filipowska’s employer told her in her first year of employment that she must not get pregnant, and was required to discuss family planning issues … Read more

Woman Sacked After Miscarriages Wins Sex Discrimination Case

A female employee in Northern Ireland who had suffered two miscarriages and claimed that she had been sacked because of the corresponding time off work, has been awarded more than £12,500 by an Employment Tribunal. Linzi Close brought a claim against Belfast Audi Limited on the grounds that it had discriminated against her when it … Read more

1 in 7 women made redundant after maternity leave

According to a recent article in the Guardian newspaper, female employees are experiencing increasing levels of pregnancy-related discrimination in the workplace. Research commissioned by the law firm Slater & Gordon found that one in seven women surveyed had lost their job whilst on maternity leave, with 40% saying that their jobs had changed by the … Read more