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Mother Succeeds in Sex Discrimination Tribunal Case

A woman has been awarded around £45,000 at an employment tribunal after she was found to have suffered from what was described as a “succession of unpleasant and discriminatory and unfair treatment”, including while she was pregnant. 

Jasmine Trueman worked for a branch of McDonalds on the Isle of Man as second assistant manager, reports The London Economic. There was allegedly a culture of “laddish” behaviour amongst the male managers of the branch, which included frequent nights out involving heavy drinking, followed by lateness or absence from work the next day.

On one occasion, when Miss Trueman was pregnant, she became worried after she began to experience stomach cramps and asked to leave work to go to the hospital. Her support manager, who had arrived several hours late following a night out, refused to give her permission and left early himself. One another occasion, again while pregnant, she was left alone to work a ten hour shift.

In addition, Miss Trueman was unfairly excluded from receiving a payment under the quarterly bonus scheme.

She chose to begin her maternity leave early after suffering what she described as “continued mistreatment”, and resigned shortly afterwards, claiming constructive dismissal. She then brought a claim to the employment tribunal on the grounds that she had been unfairly dismissed and suffered sex discrimination.

The tribunal unanimously found in her favour and awarded her £44,905, which included loss of earnings and a payment for sex discrimination.

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