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For immediate release 20 June 2003


Pregnant Mother Wins Sex Case

Tania Sullivan, mother of four, yesterday won £2,500 for sex discrimination by Ambition Recruitment, the Sutton-based recruitment consultancy. The Employment Tribunal in Croydon decided that Ambition’s refusal to change Mrs Sullivan’s shifts was sex discrimination. Mrs Sullivan was expecting her fourth child at the time.

Mrs Sullivan wanted to change her hours when she was moving from Epsom to Gillingham in Kent. She was heavily pregnant and travelling 80 miles a day, five days a week. But Ambition’s Sales Director, Bob Stiff, refused her application to move to work three days, or to drop Tuesdays, although she was “an excellent consultant”. Other staff, including seven men, were allowed to change their hours.

Mrs Sullivan said:

”I fought very hard to win this case, hoping that other pregnant women do not have to suffer in the same way. I am glad they did not get away with it. I loved my job, but they forced me out.”

Geoffrey Bignell, of Just Employment Solicitors, representing Mrs Sullivan, said:

“The Tribunal decided that Ambition’s practice in relation to changing employee’s hours was unlawful. Mrs Sullivan was treated very badly. I am delighted that she has been vindicated by the Tribunal.”


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For more information:

Please contact Geoffrey Bignell of Just Employment Solicitors at 1 Farnham Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4RG Telephone 01483-303636 (office) and 07905-119548 (evenings/weekends) or Tania Sullivan on 07753-430057

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