Timber firm falls foul of sex laws

An office manager at timber engineering firm Cox Long has successfully sued for sex discrimination after she was made redundant during her maternity leave.
Cox Long is part of Walker Timber group and has had to pay Jacky Scott a five-figure sum after an employment tribunal found she had been sexually discriminated against.

She was already on a year’s maternity leave after the birth of her son when she found out she was expecting again.

The Daily Mail reports that Scott told her bosses she intended to return from her original maternity leave as planned on in November 2009 but that she would need another year’s leave beginning in March 2010.

Two weeks later she was told her position was potentially redundant and she was made redundant in November 2009.

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