A UK estate agent won nearly £ 185,000 ($ 254,478) in compensation from her former employer after the company refused her request for flexible working hours, which prompted her to resign.
A UK labor court judge ruled on Monday to uphold Alice Thompson’s claim against Manors’ estate agents in London.
Seeking to return to work after maternity leave, Thompson had asked if she could finish her job an hour earlier at 5 p.m. and work four days a week, instead of five, to accommodate her daycare arrangements. children of his daughter.
Thompson resigned in December 2019 after his boss refused the request, according to a labor court dated August 24. Thompson struggled to find work after the UK entered the coronavirus lockdown in March 2020, due to its effect on the property market.
The Labor Court ordered Manors to pay Thompson £ 184,961 as “indirect sex discrimination compensation”.
The court said the sum included interest, past and future loss of income and pension contributions, as well as £ 13,500 for “hurt feelings”, with an additional amount added to cover any income tax on the payment.
Thompson said BBC’s “Woman’s Hour” Tuesday that it had been a “long and exhausting journey”. Thompson said she was happy to have secured closure on the case and was happy with the amount of compensation awarded given the process was “exhausting” both emotionally and financially.
Thompson said she didn’t want her daughter to have the “same treatment in 20 or 30 years” when she joins the workplace.
“I put all my heart and soul into a career as a real estate agency for over ten years in London, which is no small feat as it is a fairly male-dominated work environment,” Thompson said. “I was like ‘How are moms supposed to have careers and families? It’s 2021, not 1971.'”
Thompson said her request for flexible work had not been “seriously considered” and that she would have been happy to hear a counter-offer from her employer. Instead, she said her request had been “shut down, not listened to, not considered, and I was left with no choice but to quit because I couldn’t make it work. “.
A spokesperson for Manors did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Thompson said she first engaged with attorneys to work on the case at the end of 2019 and that while she was not sure exactly how much the process cost her in total , it had “certainly ended in tens of thousands” of pounds.
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