Tribunal watch: £406,000 for architect subjected to maternity discrimination

The architect worked on the design of London's Chiltern Firehouse restaurant. Photo: Jeff Blackler/REX
The architect worked on the design of London's Chiltern Firehouse restaurant. Photo: Jeff Blackler/REX

Reports suggest that an employment tribunal has awarded £406,000 to an architect who was subjected to sexist bullying and marginalised after she took maternity leave. Stephen Simpson rounds up the past week’s employment tribunal decisions.

“Calm down, you have maternity paranoia”: what colleagues told architect “supermum” when she got pregnant
A leading architect who helped to design top celebrity haunt Chiltern Firehouse has been awarded £406,000 after being accused of “exhibiting maternity paranoia” by a CEO, reports the Daily Mail.

The architect, who alleged that she was accused of “exhibiting maternity paranoia” by a CEO after complaining about her treatment, said she was subjected to “patronising and sexist” comments.

She said these comments included being asked if she “really wanted to be a supermum” during company meetings prior to her leave. She also alleged that a colleague received credit for her work in a magazine review.

The employment tribunal is said to have awarded the claimant £406,000.

Other tribunal decisions in the headlines

Sacked surgeon wins £100,000 for dismissal
A top surgeon unfairly sacked from the Horton General Hospital on sexual harassment charges has received compensation of less than £100,000, says the Banbury Guardian.

Worker wins unfair dismissal case after posting sexual picture at work
A haulage worker who was sacked after posting a photograph of himself in a “sexually compromising position” at work has won his case for unfair dismissal, according to Herald Scotland.

Telford animal charity assistant’s sacking ruled as fair
A tribunal judge has ruled that the decision to sack a clerical assistant from a Shropshire-based animal charity was fair, according to the Shropshire Star.

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