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Hello all


I'd like some advice please. I have recently been told that the Company I worked for needed to let me go as there was not enough work.

Now everything had been tickety boo until I told my bosses I was pregnant.


Here are the details:

The Company I worked for have their own staffing agency and I had been taken on on a six month contract - signed of course.

I'd had nothing but praise for the work I'd done and never caused them a problem.

I told my bosses that I was pregnant early on mainly because it was a long distance to work and when I had to go to the midwife etc I didn't want them to think I was just taking time off for no reason.


I'm not sure where I stand as this was a six month contract with no promises at the end. The contract was due to end on 5th November.

Many people have since said that it stinks and I should do something about it, but I really feel I need to know if I have a leg to stand on with regard to the position only being a six month contract.


Any help or advice please?

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Hi Bd


If you can prove that the dismissal was predicated by your pregnancy, then it will be automatically unfair.


The problem is, how can you prove that it was your pregnancy, rather than a genuine downturn in work that caused your dismissal?


Furthermore, as you were on a 6 months FT contract anyway, your employer could have dismissed you on the 5th November.


Why would your employer risk a claim, when they could have dismissed in any event on the 5th?


Thus beyond you being pregnant when you were dismissed, in what way can you show that you were dismissed because of your pregnancy?


I note you state that you had had, "...nothing but praise for the work I'd done...", however it appears your employer has not cited quality of work as a reason for your dismissal, but a downturn in work.



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