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Stillbirth mum gets x72k over dismissal

A WOMAN has been awarded €72,000 after a tribunal held that she was subjected to unacceptable comments and treatment by her employer following the stillbirth of her child.

The Employment Appeals Tribunal in Clonmel has ruled that Jennifer Beary from Glen, Kilsheelan, Co Tipperary, was unfairly dismissed and treated in a "wholly inappropriate manner in respect of her pregnancy" when she worked at Brian Mordaunt & Sons Ltd on the Davis Road, Clonmel.

The tribunal found that her workload increased considerably during her pregnancy and that the company was unhappy it would necessitate her being out of work for a period of time.


Her employer advised her it could not do without her services during her maternity leave and would need her to truncate her maternity entitlement or work from home.

During a stay in hospital, in May 2010, after suffering a serious bleed, Mrs Beary was "inundated with work-related texts and emails" and upon being discharged she was collected on behalf of her employer at the hospital and "ferried directly back to her workplace".

Her baby died on July 1 and subsequently delivered on July 4, but her employer insisted she return to work on July 19 on a part-time basis. A week later her employer insisted she work full-time.