23 July 2007
Sacked nanny wins £1.7k at employment tribunal
A former childcare worker has won £1,700 in compensation after the couple she was employed by discriminated against her when she became pregnant.
Alison Hayton, of Currie, was working as a nanny for Joanna and Damian Mitcham when she fell pregnant, the Scotsman reports.
After informing the couple in May, she was given a sicknote by a doctor saying that she was suffering from stress in early June.
However, on the same day, Ms Mitcham sent a letter to Ms Hayton to inform her she was being dismissed.
The tribunal upheld Ms Hayton's claims that she had been the victim of wrongful dismissal and sexual discrimination on the grounds that the couple's relationship with Ms Hayton and their treatment of her was affected by her pregnancy.
As well as the compensation award of £1,786, Mr and Mrs Mitcham were also ordered to pay a further £850 for injury to her feelings.