30 May 2008
Employer accused of disability and sex discrimination
An organisation has been accused of disability and sex discrimination by a former worker.
Senior advertising manager Sally Austin claims that Anglia Newspapers treated her unfairly by refusing to allow her to work part-time hours in order to look after her severely disabled daughter, the East Anglian Daily Times reports.
The 45-year-old resigned from her position at the Bury Free Press, which is based on King's Road in Bury St Edmunds, last May after having worked for the paper since the age of 17.
Giving evidence to an employment tribunal, she said that she found her boss' attitude towards the idea of her working fewer hours was "not open minded" and claimed that she felt he had not even considered the possibility.
She also says that, while off work with exhaustion, clients were transferred from her books to those of a colleague "without consultation".