A school teacher who was sacked from her job when she became pregnant has been awarded £33,923 compensation after an employment tribunal ruled in May that she was unfairly dismissed.
Rebecca Raven, 32, said she had been told by Howell’s School that at the end of the summer term she would have to leave her current teaching post which paid £23,000 a year.
She was told by the school that she could apply for a part-time art teaching position. Mrs Raven applied but did not get appointed.
Her union, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, took the case to a tribunal where the school were found guilty of unfairly dismissing Mrs Raven.
Howell’s School is based in Denbigh and is an independent girls’ school.
Mrs Raven had worked for the school since 2008 and was awarded the compensation last week.
Mrs Raven said: “It is such a relief to have won and to be able to put this case behind me.
“It was terrible shock losing a job I loved. I had really enjoyed working at Howell’s School. I hope the school’s trustees have come to their senses and won’t treat anyone else the way they treated me.”
A senior lawyer at the union said: “We finally have justice for Mrs Raven after fighting her corner for over a year.
“The compensation should go some way towards covering her costs for a year out of work. Schools cannot be allowed to get away with breaking the law. ATL can, and will, fight for justice whenever such cases occur.”
The school was found guilty of breaching the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the Equality Act 2010.