Accountancy worker claims arranged marriage led to her losing job at BDO Stoy Hayward

An accountancy worker who claims she was sacked because she had an arranged marriage, is to launch a claim for unfair dismissal and race discrimination.

The former tax administrator alleges that she was made redundant by accountancy firm BDO Stoy Hayward in London last December, a year after having an arranged marriage.

Ayesha Sheika also claims that a manager refused to put her forward for accountancy training because of the arranged marriage.

Richard Leong, a lawyer at the London Discrimination Unit, said Sheika was the only one of 120 department staff to be made redundant and someone was now working in her former role.

BDO Stoy Hayward has set up an internal inquiry, and a spokeswoman said: “We are not able to go into any more details until the investigation is finished, but at this stage we absolutely deny the allegations.”

Sheika, who is a muslim, is expected to claim unfair dismissal, race discrimination and discrimination on the grounds of religious belief at a Central London employment tribunal later this year.

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