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Court case: Jacqueline Gannon claims discrimination. Photo: CourtPix

Court case: Jacqueline Gannon claims discrimination. Photo: CourtPix

Court case: Jacqueline Gannon claims discrimination. Photo: CourtPix

A WOMAN who claimed that she was fired after becoming pregnant has asked a judge to award her damages against her former employer on the grounds of discriminatory treatment.

Jacqueline Gannon, a former secretary with MD Property Management Ltd (MDPM), alleged in the Circuit Civil Court that she was dismissed less than 18 months after joining the company and only a week after returning from maternity leave.

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

Mr Phillips, counsel for the company, said Ms Gannon had been hired by Mr Dunleavy in July 2010 for six months on a part-time basis but had been kept on because of extra work in the company. He had not given her a contract.

Counsel said Ms Gannon had known before starting her maternity leave in June 2011 that her job would no longer exist. Ms Gannon, of Grange Abbey Grove, Donaghmede, Dublin, denied she had been hired initially for six months.

She alleged she had been threatened with loss of her position because of her pregnancy.

She told her barrister, Amy O'Donoghue, that she had been "stressed out" after meetings with Mr Dunleavy in March 2011 about her pregnancy. Mr Dunleavy told the court that he signed a maternity leave form for Ms Gannon with a return-to-work date for mid-December 2011 so that she would get her maternity benefits. She had never told him she wanted to return to work.

Judge Lindsay has reserved judgment until next month.

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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