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Deaf mother forced to quit job when bosses refused to reduce her hours after having a baby wins £36k


A deaf mother who was forced to quit her job at the British Deaf Association when bosses refused to reduce her hours after having a baby has won a payout of more than £36,000. 

Lisanne Hedger quit in 2019 after her manager at the charity rejected her request to only work two or three days a week so she could care for her recently born daughter.

She then sued the charity for sex discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal in an employment tribunal.

Ruling on the case, Judge Patrick Quill said Mrs Hedger, who communicates with sign language, had been subjected to ‘indirect sex discrimination’ because women are more likely to want reduced hours for childcare reasons.

Awarding her over £36,000 compensation, he said Mrs Hedger, who was a project manager, had been caused ‘anxiety, sleeplessness and feelings of loss of self-worth’ due to the discrimination.

Lisanne Hedger quit in 2019 after her manager at the charity rejected her request to only work two or three days a week so she could care for her recently born daughter

Lisanne Hedger quit in 2019 after her manager at the charity rejected her request to only work two or three days a week…



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