Pregnant woman wins £ 14,000 after fired with ‘rude’ letter

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Pregnant woman wins £ 14,000 after boss said ‘I’m too busy for this’ and fired her with ‘rude’ letter after being told she was going to have a baby

  • Yuliia Khimicheva was fired by letter, the labor court heard
  • She was forced to take time off from work due to a pregnancy-related illness
  • Ms. Khimicheva, who worked at Key Promotions Ltd, claimed that when she was fired her manager told her ‘we are not a charity paying people who don’t work’

A pregnant woman has won £ 14,000 after revealing to her boss that she was having a baby – who replied, ‘I’m too busy for this’.

Yuliia Khimicheva was fired by a ‘rude’ letter using her initial instead of the first full name, an labor court in Ashford, Kent, was told.

She was forced to take time off from her job as a magazine finisher at Key Promotions Ltd, a company that deals with wrapping books and magazines, due to an illness related to her pregnancy, and her manager said ‘this is not working for us ‘.

Ms. Khimicheva claimed that when she was fired her manager told her ‘we are not a charity paying people who don’t work’.

The tribunal learned that she joined the company in March 2019 and was still on probation when she found out she was pregnant.

Her manager, Caroline Edwards, was told by Mrs. Khimicheva on July 9 that she was going to have a baby and therefore needed some time off.

The tribunal heard that Mrs. Edwards responded by saying, “I’m too busy for this.”

Ms. Edwards claimed that she was already concerned about Ms. Khimicheva’s functioning at work and that she was also repeatedly absent due to an illness related to her pregnancy.

Yuliia Khimicheva was fired by a 'rude' letter using her initial instead of the first full name, an labor court in Ashford, Kent, was told.  She was forced to take time off from her job as a magazine finisher at Key Promotions Ltd.

Yuliia Khimicheva was fired by a ‘rude’ letter using her initial instead of the first full name, an labor court in Ashford, Kent, was told. She was forced to take time off from her job as a magazine finisher at Key Promotions Ltd.

A few weeks later, on July 26, Ms. Edwards spoke to Ms. Khimicheva and informed her that the decision had been made and that she would be fired.

She wrote a letter briefly explaining her reasons, but also referred to her ‘rude’ simply by the initial of her first name.

The letter read: ‘Dear Y Khimicheva

‘As a result of our discussion about your production and your presence lately …

‘Because after such a time your production was lower than it should be, your turnout started to lag behind. Since I am very busy with work and your persistent absence, I have decided that this job does not work for you or for the company. ‘

In her testimony to the tribunal, Ms. Khimicheva said: ‘I went back to work and was immediately called to the manager – Caroline Edwards, she said about a decision to fire me for my absence.

‘I said that they cannot count the days of absence due to illness related to pregnancy with other days of absence and it cannot be a reason for dismissal. The main reason for the dismissal was the poor performance in the last days.

When I tried to explain that my condition was (not) affecting my performance, I heard everything I (was) in response – ‘We’re not a charity to pay for not enough work’. ‘

Employment Judge Street found that ‘Ms. Edwards was aware of the pregnancy before the date she decided to fire Ms. Khimicheva.

The judge added, “That would indicate pregnancy is a factor in her thinking.”

Judge Street concluded, “The letter of resignation [was also] inadequate. It is rude to dismiss someone with whom you have had very personal conversations recently as ‘Dear Y Khimicheva’.

“As a pregnant woman on discharge, Ms. Khimicheva is entitled to a motivation for the dismissal and the reasons are stated only briefly and in the most general terms.”

Ms. Khimicheva was unfairly fired and discriminated against because of her pregnancy.

The company was ordered to pay her a total of £ 14,820.

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