Wednesday 21 November 2018

Teacher (24) at orthodox Jewish nursery was sacked for living with her boyfriend

Zelda de Groen
Zelda de Groen

Bruce Thain

A teacher at an orthodox Jewish nursery sacked after living with her boyfriend out of wedlock has won her case of religious and sexual discrimination.

An employment tribunal heard that after complaints were made, Zelda de Groen was subjected to a “humiliating” hour long interview by her female bosses who told her that at 23 she should be married, she claimed.

They then told her that living with someone or having children outside of marriage would “not be tolerated” in her workplace, it was alleged.

The 24-year-old, who has since got married, had attended a work barbecue with her boyfriend as well as parents, other teachers and the nursery’s founder, Mendy Freundlich.

Four weeks later she was removed from her class at the Gan Menachem Nursery in Hendon, north-London and subjected to the interview.

She underwent a disciplinary procedure and was sacked about a month later for bringing the nursery into disrepute.

She then sued them for religious and sex discrimination, seeking more than £20,060 in compensation.

Concluding the hearing, Watford Employment Tribunal panel said: “The effect was undoubtedly humiliating, degrading and offensive.

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