A new mother sacked after she told her employers she was pregnant has been forced to fight for compensation.

Bethany Braid, 29, was told she couldn’t continue working as a secretary at Weelsby Medical Centre in Grimsby despite assuring bosses she intended to return after maternity leave.

She was awarded £5,000, but is yet to be paid and says her fight for compensation has ended up costing her £2,000.

Ms Braid joined the practice in 2013, but was forced to leave after she told the medical centre, run by Dr Ehab Amin, that she was pregnant.

An out-of-court settlement was reached in October last year, with a figure of £5,000 to be paid.

But she says she had not been given a single penny and has now been forced to seek a charging order through the courts.

She said: ‘I had told them I would come back after maternity but I believe they did not want to give me the training for me to then leave.’

After seeking advice from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service ACAS, she was awarded £5,000 over five instalments.

Ms Braid, who now has a 16 month-old baby girl, Lois, is still awaiting a response from the surgery.

She said: ‘I accepted the offer because I just wanted the whole thing to be over. I am angry and have lost sleep over the stress of it all. It has put me off working in a doctor’s environment again.

‘I need to be happy for the sake of the baby and enjoying myself.But it is like a big black cloud over my head.’

The law states that it is sex discrimination to treat a woman less favourably on the grounds of her pregnancy or because she wants to take or has taken maternity leave.

A spokeswoman at Medi-Access said: ‘Dr Amin utterly refuses to pay Ms Bethany Braid because she has invalidated the settlement terms by breaching the confidentiality agreement.

‘She is, of course, free to pursue her grievances through the courts as she publicly says if she wishes so.’

 

Source: Daily Mail