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Cosmetics manager granted unfair dismissal compensation

Cosmetics manager granted unfair dismissal compensation

Unfair dismissal compensation has been awarded to a woman who sued her employer on the grounds of breach of contract.

Shauna Connelly told an employment tribunal in Newcastle that she was unjustly sacked from her role as an area manager for cosmetics firm Avon after she complained to bosses about the fact she was working 60-hour weeks.

The 46-year-old mother-of-two was contracted to complete 40 hours every week and said she was told by her line manager that "this is not the job for you" when she explained her wish to have a better work-life balance.

Ms Connelly labelled the organisation "hypocritical" on the basis that it's slogan is 'the company for women' and her tribunal established that managers covered up evidence of bullying during the process of investigating her grievance over working hours.

She took on her full-time role in 2008 after working for the firm on a freelance and sales representative basis for five years, but said she had little choice but to take sick leave when she realised she would need to work 60 hours weekly to meet her targets.

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Posted by Francesca Witney