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11 July 2013 by Julia Duke

Lawyer made redundant after maternity leave

  • Ms Tan gave birth in May 2011
A former lawyer at US law firm McDermott Will & Emery lost her £100,000-a-year job following a complicated birth that forced her to take six months maternity leave, a tribunal heard.
A former lawyer at US law firm McDermott Will & Emery lost her £100,000-a-year job following a complicated birth that forced her to take six months maternity leave, a tribunal heard.

The Mail Online reported that the 40-year-old mother of two Cheng Tan had to receive further medical treatment after an emergency caesarean section. When she told the firm, where she worked as a trademark specialist, she was made redundant. 

She is suing for unfair dismissal, pregnancy, maternity and sex discrimination, indirect age discrimination and victimization.

The firm denies the claims and says she was made redundant because there was not enough work.




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