12 October 2007
Mother 'in line for thousands of pounds'
A mother-of-four may be set to receive thousands of pounds in compensation after a tribunal decided her sacking was unfair, the Evening Chronicle reports.
At a hearing in Newcastle it was decided that Donna Mitchell, a former council worker, has been unfairly dismissed and sexually discriminated against by Chester-le-Street District Council, based in County Durham.
The 39-year-old had worked for the council in its Careline department for almost 15 years before she lost her job in January 2004 after bosses announced they were increasing all shifts from eight to 12 hours.
Ms Mitchell requested greater flexibility since she was the primary caregiver for her four young sons. Her employers, however, refused.
The conflict with her bosses forced Ms Mitchell to take sick leave, suffering with depression. Following a long absence, she was sacked.
Commenting on the results of the tribunal, she said: "I am pleased it is all over and done with. But I am sad it had to come to this.
"I worked there for such a long time and I am sad I lost my job and along with that … my confidence."