02 October 2007
Sacked pregnant woman goes to tribunal
A 33-year-old woman has taken her former employers to an employment tribunal, claiming they sacked her because she was pregnant, the Northampton Chronicle and Echo reports.
Samantha Remedios, who worked as a press officer at the four-star Whittlebury Hall hotel in rural Northamptonshire, told a tribunal in Bedford that she had shared the news of her pregnancy with her manager Louisa Watson during a routine appraisal.
The following week, she was summoned to a meeting at which the hotel's general manager Mark Jones handed her a letter of dismissal
Ms Remedios commented: "I was upset and devastated. I didn't expect to go into that meeting and come out without a job."
Ms Watson told the tribunal that she had been instructed to conduct the appraisal despite knowing that the position was to be terminated and Mr Jones denied that the dismissal occurred as a result of management learning of her pregnancy. The case is ongoing.