My wife is off sick because of complications with her pregnancy and has just been told by her boss that she’s going to be made redundant. There’s lots of questions we’ve got to see if he can do this so I’ll bullet them below, We have to write a letter as part of the consultation process and I hope someone can help us here so we can put the right info in it
I’ll just state the facts
Can he make her redundant while she’s pregnant and off sick?
- They were aware she was pregnant, she’s been in hospital twice because of it and has been signed off sick for the past month
- The claim is they need to save money due to a downturn in business and as she was last in she’s first out
- She has been with the company 11 months
- They are making another member of staff redundant, but the part time secretary who works for her is not losing her job. My wife (also part time) does roles that are more specific but also does secretarial duties if required.
- Her specific tasks have been redistributed while she’s been off ill.
- The boss said when we had a meeting that “during her last pregnancy she was off long term sick, and I see this one going the same way” He indicated that if she was off sick he wouldn’t be paying her wages as she would be on SSP and he would be saving money, possibly enough to not have to make her redundant
- She never received a contract or T&C’s when she started last January, it was only created when we asked when she would be going onto SSP and produced in November.
- Her boss is asking for a letter of representation with suggestions why she should not be made redundant or other ways he could save the money.
Sorry this post is so long, I’m just trying to find out what rights we have if we have a case and if it’s worth it as she’s only part time and been there less than 1 year – it will be 1 year in early January.