Ms K Wright vs Coupland Cavendish Ltd
Ms K Wright was employed as an administrator and was dismissed after one week of employment because she suffered from pregnancy related hyperemesis, causing nausea, and vomiting. This led to her having two separate days off sick. The reason for the dismissal given by Coupland Cavendish Ltd was on the grounds that they were unable to rely on her because of her absences.
Ms Wright brought a claim of automatic unfair dismissal (she did not need the usual 2-year qualifying rule to claim because it was in connection with her pregnancy) as well as a discrimination claim. The tribunal found an automatic unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy and awarded £23,060 for loss of earnings, injury to feelings, loss of future earnings and interest.
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