Ebookers faces employment tribunal in sex discrimination case

Online travel agent Ebookers is being taken to an employment tribunal over claims that it discriminated against a female employee who wanted to switch to flexible working.

Sara Mole, who worked as a database analyst with Ebookers subsidiary Travelbag, claims that she was victimised when she tried to carry out more work from home. She had given birth to her third child and wanted to readjust her working life.

Mole left Travelbag in June after working for the company for eight years.

Her lawyer, Joanna Wade, of Palmer Wade Solicitors, said Mole will argue that her career stalled once she sought to readjust her working pattern.

Wade told The Times: “All was going well until she started to take time off and tried to do more work from home. She was passed over for pay rises and it was requested that she move to part-time work.”

Mole is seeking compensation for loss of earnings in the case, which is being heard by an employment tribunal in Southampton.

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