£25,000 Awarded after job loss due to pregnancy

Daniella Lewandowski, a former employee of the Bradford District Apprenticeship Training Agency, has been awarded £25,000 in compensation after an employment tribunal ruled, that after becoming pregnant, she had been unfairly dismissed.

Ms Lewandowski was employed on a one year, fixed term contract of employment, but told the Leeds Employment Tribunal that there had been a verbal agreement that the contract would be extended past its fixed term. This was not provided in writing however, by the Agency.

Bradford District Apprenticeship Training Agency is a joint venture between Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Bradford College and they claim to provide clients with an “All-round hassle-free solution to hiring an apprentice by acting as a broker between employer and apprentice.”

Ms Lewandowski claims she spent five weeks “chasing” written confirmation of the extension but never received one. She claims that she was told that her contract would be extended by a further year, however when she informed the Agency of her pregnancy, she was told that she would no longer have her contract extended.

The Agency denied that Ms Lewondowski lost her job due to the pregnancy, claiming that her role was made redundant and that her fixed-term contract had expired.

The tribunal declared that it considered the evidence offered by the Agency to be “unreliable” and concluded that their behaviour was “substantially and procedurally unfair”, stating that firing an employee for being pregnant is a “serious act of discrimination”.

Ms Lewandowski was awarded a total of £25,000 in compensation. £9,130 for financial loss of earnings including interest, £15,600 for injury to feelings and £435 for loss of statutory rights.

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