Charity loses on unfair dismissal

A former employee of an east London-based charity providing accommodation for ex-seamen has won a sex discrimination claim against the organisation.

An employment tribunal in Stratford, east London, ruled that Denise Ward had been unfairly dismissed by Queen Victoria Seaman's Rest in July 2006 because she was pregnant.

Ward, who was assistant operations manager at the charity, claimed that she had been "constructively and unfairly dismissed" because of her pregnancy.

The charity challenged Ward's constructive dismissal claim and argued that she had resigned.

The tribunal, which reached its verdict in April, ruled that Ward's dismissal amounted to sex discrimination and that her sacking was "automatically unfair because the reason for her dismissal was pregnancy".

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