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Saturday 20 September 2014

I was fired over my pregnancy, claims mum

Saurya Cherfi and Ray Managh

Published 21/03/2014 | 02:30

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Jacqueline Gannon, of Grange Abbey Grove, Donaghmede, Dublin, leaving court after judgement was reserved in her Circuit Civil Court action for damages. Picture: Collins Courts
Jacqueline Gannon, of Grange Abbey Grove, Donaghmede, Dublin, leaving court after judgement was reserved in her Circuit Civil Court action for damages. Picture: Collins Courts

A MOTHER who claimed she was fired after becoming pregnant has asked a judge to award her damages against her former employer.

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Jacqueline Gannon, a former secretary with MD Property Management, told the Circuit Civil Court she was dismissed less than 18 months after joining the company – a week after returning from maternity leave.

Ms Gannon, of Grange Abbey Grove, Donaghmede, Dublin, denied she had been hired initially only for six months.

She told her barrister Amy O'Donoghue that she had been "worried and stressed out" after meeting company director Mark Dunleavy in March 2011 to discuss her pregnancy.

Barrister James Phillips told Judge Alison Lindsay that Mr Dunleavy never had a problem with Ms Gannon being pregnant, but realised she was "dressing for war" when he had received legal proceedings.

Mr Phillips said Ms Gannon had known before starting her maternity leave in June 2011 that her job was being ended due to an economic downturn within the company.

Judge Lindsay has reserved judgment until next month.

Irish Independent

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