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Woman fired because of pregnancy gets awarded Rs 15 lakh compensation

Woman fired because of pregnancy gets awarded Rs 15 lakh compensation

Charlotte Leitch, 34, was sacked from her job for telling her manager about her pregnancy. She worked for a security system supplier firm based out of Essex. Speaking with The Telegraph, Ms Leitch said that after the incident she felt rather ‘degraded and worthless’. She joined the company in May 2021 as an admin assistant. Awarding her a compensation of 14,885 pounds (or nearly Rs 15 lakh), the employment judge concluded after the tribunal that Ms Leitch’s was terminated primarily on the grounds of pregnancy.

Ms Leitch remarked during the tribunal hearing that after the incident she was left traumatized. It severely impacted her life as she is also a mother. She couldn’t hold down another job. Ms Leitch had frequent bouts of panic attack due to the trauma.

Meanwhile, Leitch’s boss Nicola Calder dismissed the claim as anything remotely associated with the former’s pregnancy. Nicola is the company’s head of compliance. Ms Leitch had explained to her manager about how concerned she was about her pregnancy due to the previous eight miscarriages. Calder told Leitch that she was not entitled to any pregnancy leave owing to not signing a new employee contract. The callous manager coldly told her face that the company is not entitled to keep her. However, a letter by the company sent to Ms Leitch categorically denied having terminated her on grounds of her pregnancy.

Judge Carol Porter remarked that the manager took advantage of the vulnerable situation and took steps to sack Ms Leitch. The judge concluded that considering all the circumstances the primary reason for sacking Ms Leitch’s pregnancy and her pregnancy-related illness in the past.

While closer home, there are many women who face this stigma. Most lose their career and passion and the zest to continue. Such a shame really!

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