Redundant mum awarded £40,000

Michelle Langton was earning £72,000 a year working as a senior manager in a city law firm Herbert Smith when she became pregnant with Georgina. She returned to work part time in April 2002 following maternity leave – including half a day working at home – but a year later she came under pressure to return to full time. She was told that there was no flexibility for her to continue to do some of her work at home and her future career depended on whether she was planning to have more children so she lodged proceedings under the Sex Discrimination Act. Then when she became pregnant with their son Marcus, Mrs Langton was made redundant after six years with the firm. An Industrial Tribunal awarded her nearly £40,000. but the firm appealed and she never returned to work.