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Woman brings Constructive dismissal claim following maternity leave

01 October 2008

A female IT employee was discriminated against from the date of her pregnancy.  It became clear that she was no longer considered a valuable and reliable member of the team as a result of becoming pregnant.  Following her taking maternity leave, there was resistance to allowing her to return on part-time hours. The IT company refused to negotiate.  She lodged a claim for constructive dismissal, which eventually settled out of court.  She succeeded in recovering compensation for indirect sex discrimination and loss of earnings arising from unfair dismissal.