Mum who was told to ‘stop the chatter’ while suffering from morning sickness was awarded nearly £10,000

Gemma Ferrridge-Gunn was released eight days after informing Alcedo Orange of her pregnancy, but a court dismissed the wrongful dismissal aspect of her lawsuit

Gemma Ferridge Gunn
Gemma Ferrridge-Gunn has been awarded nearly £10,000

A Blackpool woman has been awarded almost £10,000 after her boss told her to “stop chattering” while suffering from morning sickness, before sacking her a week later.

Gemma Ferrridge-Gunn had told her manager Rosie Caunt that she suffered from morning sickness while working at Alcedo Orange in Blackpool when she was told to “stop rambling”. lances live reports.

Ms Ferrridge-Gunn was fired just eight days after announcing her pregnancy and an employment tribunal has now awarded her £9,594 after concluding she was a victim of discrimination.

The mother of two started working at Alcedo Orange, also known as Kare Plus Blackpool, in January 2020 and informed her boss on February 19 of the same year that she was pregnant.

The company, which provides personal care and support to people living in their own homes in the Blackpool area and is based at Whitehills Business Park, fired Ms Ferrridge-Gunn just eight days later, on February 27, after she died in February had taken two days off 24 and 25 due to morning sickness.

The 39-year-old was represented at the hearing by her husband Jason and received damages for hurt feelings.

However, her request for unfair dismissal was unsuccessful after the court ruled that her pregnancy was not the reason for her dismissal, even though she had been discriminated against.

Alcedo Orange claimed she was fired because they were dissatisfied with her performance and because she did not meet the goals set for her.

Mrs Ferrige-Gunn was represented before the tribunal by her husband Jason


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Mrs Ferrige-Gunn gave birth to a baby girl in October 2020. She has worked in health and social services since 2012.

Her initial role as care manager at Alcedo Orange included her staff recruitment, but also on-call duty for staff and service users, which she described as putting pressure on her and her family life, having recently married.

In February 2020 she applied to be a Recruitment Manager and was successful. However, she claimed she had received insufficient training, and during a progress meeting her supervisors told her that she “didn’t feel comfortable” with the role.

Managing director Andrew Boardman told Ms Ferrridge-Gunn that her numbers were “the worst he’s ever seen”.

After telling her boss on February 19 that she was pregnant, Ms Caunt asked if it was a virus, how long she expected to be absent and said: “I’m sorry I have no sympathy but I’ve never been pregnant.”

She also told Ms Ferrridge-Gunn to “stop rambling and go home”.

Labor judge Benson concluded: “We find that the comments, particularly that she was unsympathetic, were targeted and showed a lack of empathy. And we also conclude that Ms Caunt’s perspective has been influenced [Mrs Ferridge-Gunn] by the fact that she was pregnant and had to leave work because she was unwell.

“When Ms Caunt spoke to Mr Boardman about the plaintiff, she informed him that the recruitment process was not working and it was not viable to have the plaintiff as a recruiter.

Mrs Ferrridge-Gunn was discharged from Alcedo Orange eight days after announcing her pregnancy



“Essentially that is what Mrs Caunt said to Mr Boardman [Mrs Ferridge-Gunn] could not continue in her role. If we do, if she did, we take that into account [Mrs Ferridge-Gunn’s] Pregnancy was a significant influence on her view.

“After examining the evidence of [Mrs Ferridge-Gunn]it is clear that this discrimination had a significant impact on them at the time.

“The plaintiff was pregnant and her dismissal came as a shock to her as she had no prior performance issues and was without warning.

“She was worried about paying her mortgage and other financial obligations with a child to support and a new baby. This caused her stress, excitement, shock and a loss of confidence.

“This affected her family life and required her and her husband to borrow money from the family. This was against the backdrop of the onset of the Covid pandemic and her uncertainties and worries as a pregnant woman.

“However, no medical evidence was presented to show that the impact caused the plaintiff more personal injury than stress and shock. “

Judge Benson added: “We think so [Mrs Ferridge-Gunn’s] the employment relationship would have ended at the end of her probationary period, which lasted a further two months after her dismissal. [She] was on a three-month probationary period.”

Ms Ferridge-Gunn was awarded £2,171.22 for financial losses and £6,000 for emotional injuries. With interest added, the total award was £9,594.22.

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