Kirsty Blyth, from Coatbridge, Scotland, claims she was hard-fired by her “crook from employer” while on maternity leave
A waitress cruelly sacked while on maternity leave has been awarded nearly £20,000 after suing her employer.
Kirsty Blyth, 26, has taken legal action against a Scottish restaurant after she claimed she was “pulled out of the store with my nine-week-old in her arms”.
She said her boss at the Black Rooster Peri Peri restaurant in Coatbridge discriminated against her by refusing to let her return to work after her maternity leave was up.
Kirsty said she suffers from PTSD and struggles to pay bills and support her young daughter.
She began working at the restaurant in April 2019, working on mental health and childcare counseling sessions.
But the mother claims there have been complaints about her having to attend counseling.
Visiting the restaurant with her baby in November 2020, Kirsty said she received a letter from BR Fast Foods director Matthew Campbell, who recently took over the business, telling her that she was losing her maternity pay due to the “impact.” from Covid” and was told she had been fired.
“[I was] disturbed [and] was thrown out of the store with my nine-week-old in my arms,” Kirsty said.
She said it was “embarrassing how it was done in front of staff and customers”.
In response, she instituted labor court proceedings against BR Fast Food, but dropped them when Mr. Campbell informed her that she had her job back.
But Kirsty was never allowed to return to work after her maternity leave ended in July 2021 and has not worked there since.
She told the tribunal: “I am frankly exhausted and appalled by my treatment. I don’t want another pregnant woman or mother in my position.
“I couldn’t enjoy my maternity leave due to stress, especially as I was ‘fired’ before Christmas, [which] was my daughter’s first and was spoiled.”
It also had a major impact on her relationship with her partner.
Miss Blyth added: “We almost broke up because I’m extremely angry and stressed out all the time.
“I just feel like a complete failure to my daughter and my partner and worthless to myself.”
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Concluding the case, Labor Judge Ian McPherson said: “I found Miss Blyth’s testimony … persuasive and persuasive.
“I have no doubt after hearing her testimony that she felt and still feels hurt because of the treatment she received from the restaurant.
“I was impressed by her tenacity and perseverance in pursuing her claim, despite all the circumstances she brought to a legal forum unfamiliar to her, [the restaurant] not participating, and the stresses of normal home and family life, including their own PTSD.”
Kirsty received £18,307.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/appalled-mum-wins-20000-after-27101246 'Appalled' mum wins £20,000 after being 'kicked out' with newborn baby while on maternity leave