27 November 2007
Barbican faces employment claim from former manager
The Barbican Centre is facing an unfair dismissal and discrimination claim from a former manager, the Times reports.
Nicola Adedeji, a mother of two, has alleged that the art centre's decision not to allow her to work flexible hours to care for her children had been partially responsible for her miscarriage through work-related stress.
The 42-year-old, who had worked at the Barbican for ten years, is set to tell an employment tribunal in London this week that she had felt "betrayed" by its actions.
She is suing the owners of the Barbican, the City of London Corporation, who are technically her employers. Experts believe she may be in line for a pay out of more than £100,000 if her case is successful.
Jasmine Johal, a solicitor at the law firm Russell Jones & Walker - which is representing Ms Adedeji, stated: "Nicola's case highlights the common problem that women seeking flexible hours to accommodate childcare all too often face."
The Barbican is the largest multi-arts centre in Europe and comprises theatres, cinemas and galleries, among other things.