London bombings survivor to sue employer for unfair dismissal

A victim of the 7 July bombings in London is taking her employer to a tribunal after claiming she was unfairly dismissed several months after returning to work.

Nattashar Gittens, a former receptionist, was left with back and pelvic injuries, hearing problems, insomnia and depression after being caught in the explosion of the double-decker bus in Tavistock Square.

She returned to work at James Harvard International recruitment company in September, but claims that she was not ready to go back and was unable to walk properly.

The company allowed Gittens to work flexible hours to avoid taking public transport during the rush hour, but she said she was still expected to carry out physically demanding tasks, including lifting heavy boxes.

She was subsequently fired for poor performance and is claiming unfair dismissal under the Disability Discrimination Act.

“They wanted to get me out of the way and they found a way of doing that. It was nasty and underhand and they should not be allowed to get away with it,” she said.

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