05 December 2008
Legal assistant wins £75k over discrimination claims
A Muslim legal assistant who claimed she was the victim of discrimination on the grounds of her race, sex, religious beliefs and pregnancy has secured a payout of £75,000, it has emerged.
Saleca Parkar was awarded the amount in a settlement with her former employers, Birmingham-based Shakespeare Putsman, which employs nearly 300 people.
The agreement was reached a week before a trial was scheduled to begin.
Ms Parker, who resigned from her post in May 2007, made a number of claims, including that her boss Stephen Jones sent emails describing her as a "tent 'ead" and "Mother Theresa".
It was also alleged that the 31-year-old, who was pregnant at the time, was branded as "lazy" when she asked for help with filing rather than standing on a stool and doing it herself.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, she said: "It was the worst experience of my life; it was just one thing after another.
"It had a terrible effect on my life at a time that should have been my happiest, getting married and having a baby."