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My boss asked if keeping the baby was ‘a good idea’ and cut my work hours while I was pregnant

One MUM person who told her boss she was pregnant a week after starting work at a daycare was asked if keeping the baby was a “good idea”.

Managers asked 23-year-old Darci Topping about the baby’s father and her intentions during the birth, and forced her to “infer negatively” about her pregnancy, a job court said. disclosure.

Darci Topping, pictured with son Stanley, will receive compensation after successfully suing Stepping Stones Nursery

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Darci Topping, pictured with son Stanley, will receive compensation after successfully suing Stepping Stones NurseryCredit: Solent

The beginner – who was on minimum wage – was then “pressured” to reduce her hours when the Covid pandemic hit, before being deemed redundant.

But bosses at Stepping Stones Nursery in Hoddlesden, Lancs., “disposed” to fire her with a sham procedure because she was pregnant, the court ruled.

Miss Topping, who now has one-year-old son Stanley, is expected to receive compensation from the nursery after successfully suing the place for pregnancy discrimination and unfair dismissal.

She said: “It’s been hard for me to be redundant at such a vulnerable time in my life while expecting my first child that I want to be excited about.

“I really feel that I got justice and I’m relieved that the case is finally over.”

The Manchester hearing said the qualified nursery nurse started at the nursery on 24 February 2020 on a 37-hour-a-week contract.

A week later, on March 2, Miss Topping, from Blackburn, informed Zara chief executive Costello that she was pregnant with her first child.

A court report said: “A few days later, during discussions about her pregnancy, Ms Costello told her that Julie Mercer, the nursery’s owner, would be” coming up with it. “, and she mentioned the fact that Miss. Topping is on probation.

“Other comments were made, including questions about whether Miss Topping was actually keeping the baby and whether it was a good idea.

When Covid hit a few days later and Stepping Stones Nursery became financially concerned, Miss Topping was asked to cut her working hours to 20 a week and not be given any consultations.

She was forced to sign a typed document “in a hurry” agreeing to cut her hours – but was the only worker to have a full-time shift.

The court said Miss Topping was “worried” about the effects of the pandemic on her health and whether she would have a job.

Other comments were made, including questions about whether Miss Topping would actually keep the baby and whether it was a good idea, while also consulting partners. of Miss Topping or the baby’s father at the time.

Court report

Initially, she was given sick leave but was later put on a hospital bed as were the other staff members.

However, she is the only one receiving 80% of her salary for 20 hours a week, instead of 37.

Although things were “stabilizing” at the nursery, she was superseded while in bed, making her “very uncomfortable”.

Ms Costello even suggested that she “could benefit from more” in the call.

The report said: “From the evidence presented, the Court found that the nursery fabricated her dismissal by instituting a fallback process that never took place or took place after the daycare’s dismissal. decided to fire her.”

Miss Topping has launched legal action, claiming the nursery “has a problem with pregnant staff”.

Employment Judge Marion Batten said: “The court did not hesitate to conclude that her dismissal was related to her pregnancy.

“Only she has been fired. She is the only staff member who is pregnant and in the context of her being treated at the nursery since she told them, in early March 2020, that she was in the process of being pregnant. pregnant.”

A compensation hearing will take place later this month.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17518890/boss-asked-keeping-baby-was-good-idea/ My boss asked if keeping the baby was ‘a good idea’ and cut my work hours while I was pregnant

Bobby Allyn

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