Waitress awarded compensation

A TEENAGER was awarded more than £11,000 in compensation after she lost her job when she became pregnant.Leah Offord, 19, was signed off sick from work when she had morning sickness - but when she tried to return to her job as a waitress she was told her job had finished.

A TEENAGER was awarded more than £11,000 in compensation after she lost her job when she became pregnant.

Leah Offord, 19, was signed off sick from work when she had morning sickness - but when she tried to return to her job as a waitress she was told her job had finished.

Ms Offord, of Turner Lane, Haughley, was awarded £11,047 by an employment tribunal in Cambridge after Judge Pritchard-Witt ruled she was a victim of sex discrimination.

The judge ruled that the Suffolk Diner at Tothill Services on the A14 at Stowmarket had also failed to comply with any of the Dispute Resolution Regulations in the Employment Act 2002.


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However, Ms Offord has not received any money and Trevor Widowfield, of the Suffolk Diner, said an appeal was being lodged against the tribunal's decision.

Ms Offord stressed that all she had wanted was to continue working as a waitress and she had not taken the action to obtain money.

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The award included compensation for lost earnings and emotional distress.

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