20 March 2008
Lawyer sex discrimination tribunal retires to make decision
An employment tribunal has retired to consider its verdict following a five-day hearing concerning allegations of sex discrimination.
Short Richardson and Forth, a company regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority, is facing allegations from a former worker that it caused the premature birth of her daughter Niamh, the Journal reports.
Naomi Mainwaring claims that she suffered a campaign of bullying by her supervisor Lesley Crinson, which began when she announced she was pregnant.
During the hearing, the 26-year-old stated that Ms Crinson sat with her head in her hands upon hearing the news before announcing: "You are going to get fat and get piles and be really uncomfortable. Well, congratulations."
Ms Crison, however, responded by saying that the congratulations she extended to Ms Mainwaring when she heard about her pregnancy were heartfelt and that any criticisms were about the quality of her work.