An ex-employee of Laura Ashley has won 9,520 pounds in a discrimination work claims action, after a Northern Ireland employment tribunal found the company guilty of indirect discrimination.
The former employee – who has not been named – was the primary carer of a child with an attention disorder and had worked at the store for five years. While working at Laura Ashley, she had an arrangement whereby she was allowed time to collect her child from school.
However, when a new roster system was implemented, this arrangement was cancelled and the ex-employee was told that unless she accepted the new rota system she would be out of a job. The company was able to offer her an alternative position with less hours, but this was considered to be unacceptable.
As a result of the roster changes, the ex-employee took a total of four months off work suffering from stress and, at the tribunal it was agreed that the company’s new rota disproportionately affected female employees in comparison to male employees.
The tribunal awarded the ex-employee 6,000 pounds for injury to feelings, 880 pounds for loss of income and 2,640 for future losses.