A new mum has won over £50,000 after she was dismissed during her maternity leave.
A new mother has won more than £50,000 after an employment tribunal ruled that her dismissal during maternity leave amounted to pregnancy and maternity discrimination.
Anastassia Rodin worked at DMS1 in Kent, who cover HR issues, and was fired a few weeks after taking maternity leave in 2017 when her company was taken over by Dhillons Management Services which is run by the same management team as DMS1.
During her maternity leave Rodin’s maternity pay stopped and she contacted her company. She was told her employer had closed and that she should “go to the Job Centre for any future money”. She went to the Job Centre who told her that her employer was liable to cover her maternity pay. Her employer did not reply initially and then told her she could transfer to the new company, but that she would lose her maternity pay.
Rodin was dismissed in September 2017 and the stress she suffered left her unable to breastfeed her baby and subject to mental health issues, leading to her being prescribed anti-depressants.
The tribunal ruled that the employer should have known the law. Rodin was awarded an additional £12,500 for injury to feelings due to comments made by her office manager.