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Sacked pregnant waitress wins €14k

A waitress fired from a restaurant when she was pregnant has been awarded more than €14,000 in compensation.

Jevgenija Petrakova worked at the Admiral restaurant on Marlborough Street, Dublin, for six weeks before she was let go on March 30, 2009.

She claimed she had been subjected to discriminatory treatment, harassment, sexual harassment and discriminatory dismissal on the grounds of her gender and race.

Lexor Entertainment Limited, which runs the Russian-themed diner, denied all the allegations. Tara Coogan, of the Equality Tribunal, ruled Ms Petrakova did not establish a case of discriminatory treatment, harassment or sexual harassment on the grounds of her gender or race.

However she found there had been a case of discriminatory dismissal on the gender ground and ordered the restaurant to pay the complainant €14,167 compensation in lieu of nine months' salary.

"I am satisfied that the complainant was pregnant at the material time and that the respondent was aware of this," she said. "It is clear that the respondent has not been able to establish exceptional circumstances to justify the dismissal of the complainant in this case and that the complainant was given nothing pertaining to a redundancy or her conduct in the workplace in writing."

Elsewhere, Lithuanian Donatus Kemzura was awarded €2,500 in compensation against Modules Construction Ltd for discrimination on the ground of race.

The Equality Tribunal said the award was for the distress experienced when he was harassed by a foreman who, it was claimed, gave him harder jobs than his Irish or Moldovan colleagues and once said to him "What are you doing here? Go home."

Mr Kemzura said he was upset by the remark, which he understood meant he should not live and work in Ireland.