Bosses apologise to mother over P45 with new baby card

Employers today apologised to a mother who received a congratulations card on the arrival of her new baby – with a letter of dismissal and her P45.

Employers today apologised to a mother who received a congratulations card on the arrival of her new baby – with a letter of dismissal and her P45.

Carol Bonehill, from Erdington in the West Midlands, won almost £9,000 (€13,000) compensation for sexual discrimination and unfair dismissal after taking her case to an industrial tribunal.

Ms Bonehill, 29, said she had received the envelope containing notice of her dismissal the day after she rang P H Adams Electrical Contractors Ltd, based in Erdington, with news of the birth of her daughter Abbie.

Ms Bonehill, who has a partner and a seven-year-old daughter, told one newspaper: “I was sacked for having a baby. I was so shocked and upset to receive the letter – it was totally out of the blue.”

Bosses at the firm, who were ordered to pay £8,835 (€12,667) compensation, maintain Ms Bonehill, who was a receptionist, was not sacked because she was pregnant but because of a poor attendance record.

Director Russell Norton said: “There was no way we sacked Carol because she was pregnant.

Carol was dismissed due to extremely poor attendance during her four months with us.

“Our big mistake was the letter, which went in the same envelope as the congratulations card. It was a total mistake and we have apologised.”

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