Oct 31, 2022

Mother wins £60,000 over Morrisons discrimination

Morrisons has been told to pay a mother £60,000 for discriminating against her when she returned from maternity leave. In an exclusive interview with BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Ms Patterson, who was a buyer in Morrisons' online business, said she had been offered a new role in the business, but when she told bosses she was pregnant the job "Disappeared". With the help of Pregnant Then Screwed, a charity that seeks to protect, support and promote the rights of pregnant women and mothers, Ms Patterson said she was able to speak to Heather Larkin, who represented herself and won against beauty company Liz Earle after she was sacked while eight months pregnant. On Friday 21 October, the tribunal judge ruled in Ms Patterson's favour saying she had been "Unfavourably treated" and that Morrisons had subjected her to a "Detriment of indirect sex discrimination after her maternity leave". Joeli Brearley, chief executive of Pregnant Then Screwed, said what Ms Patterson went through "Happens to thousands of women every year but we rarely hear about it because the justice system makes it almost impossible to challenge discrimination in the workplace".

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