Hairdresser Demoted after Getting Pregnant Wins Sex Bias Claim

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Hairdresser Demoted after Getting Pregnant Wins Sex Bias Claim


Byline: FIONA DAVIDSON

THE former manager of a hair salon in top store Harvey Nichols has won a sex discrimination claim.

An industrial tribunal heard that Lee Anne McNaught, 32, was in charge of a team of ten hairdressers at the Urban Retreats salon in the Edinburgh department store until she told bosses she was pregnant.

Mrs McNaught, who has since had a daughter, claimed Urban Retreats' London-based director, George Hammer, at first congratulated her but then expressed doubts as to whether she would have the energy to continue her job.

She said she was humiliated when salon director Malcolm Allen later demoted her to a technician's post.

Tribunal chairman Alexander Bolland said he took it that Mr Allen did not want the salon manager to be the mother of a young child and accepted Mrs McNaught's claim she had been a victim of sex discrimination.

He ordered Urban Retreats, based at Harrods in London, to pay her [pounds sterling]1,500 compensation for injury to her feelings.

Mrs McNaught told the Edinburgh tribunal that Mr Allen visited the city after his appointment as salon director. When they discussed her pregnancy, she claimed he was adamant she would not feel the same about work following the birth. …

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