Bakery must pay £23k to worker sacked over pregnancy

A bakery has been ordered to pay more than £23,000 to a former worker after an employment tribunal found she had been sacked for becoming pregnant.

Nicola McNamee and daughter Melissa Rose at home in Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh. Credit: Pacemaker

Nicola McNamee, 24, took the sex discrimination case against Melting Moments bakery in Co Fermanagh after she was dismissed around a week after telling her employer she was going to have a baby.

The company claimed that its decision to let Ms McNamee go last April, just two months after taking her on, was based on her conduct and performance.

But this contention was rejected by an industrial tribunal panel sitting in Belfast, which instead found the reason for dismissal was "the fact of her pregnancy".

The panel also accepted a claim by Ms McNamee, who was supported in bringing the case by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, that she was told at her initial job interview not to get pregnant or married in her first year in the job.