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Tribunal win for beauty therapist unable to arrange weekend childcare

Emma Holt awarded £18,000 in unfair dismissal case following changes to flexible working arrangements

An employment tribunal has ruled that a beauty therapist was unfairly dismissed and suffered sex discrimination after she was made redundant following a row over childcare arrangements.

Emma Holt, who worked at the Carlisle branch of Bannatyne Fitness for almost 10 years, had a flexible working agreement with her employers to only work Monday to Friday to accommodate her son and childcare needs. She would only work weekends in exceptional circumstances – to cover a sick colleague, for example – because she was unable to arrange childcare cover.

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January 19, 2017

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