Sex Discrimination Victory Bittersweet

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Sex Discrimination Victory Bittersweet


A woman who was sacked when she became pregnant has been awarded nearly pounds 13,000 compensation - but may never see a penny.

An employment tribunal ruled that Ms Mistie Torrance, aged 22, had been the victim of sexual discrimination by UK Plant Management Services, who were based at the Phoenix Business Park, Aston.

However, she has now learned she is unlikely to receive the money because the Birmingham company she worked for has gone bust.

Tribunal chairman David Dimbylow, who awarded her pounds 12,760, described her as an "enthusiastic, loyal and hard-working woman". He said her best hope of receiving the money was through the Department of Trade and Industry's Insolvency Service.

Ms Torrance, of Gillscroft Road, Stechford, said: "I think they got rid of me because they didn't want the hassle of covering and paying for my maternity leave."

The tribunal was told she had been headhunted for her pounds 16,500-a-year job as call centre manager at the firm, which has since gone into voluntary liquidation.

Yesterday, Ms Torrance told how she started work there last May and told her bosses in September she was pregnant.

Shortly afterwards they told her she was being made redundant.

"I was shocked because up until that point there had been no talk of job losses," she said. …

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