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Silverwells Hotel in Bothwell demoted pregnant manager

A manager who aborted her child after she was demoted to a waitress has won a payout of £29,000 from a hotel for sexual discrimination.

The 26-year-old, from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, was demoted by management at Silverwells Hotel in Bothwell a week after informing them she was pregnant.

An employment tribunal in Glasgow heard how the demotion took place two months after she had been promoted.

The woman had an abortion after suffering depression and money worries.

The tribunal heard how the woman, who does not want to be named, was originally head hunted by Silverwells Hotel in October last year.

Quick promotion

She told the hearing that she was brought in as a supervisor but the management were so impressed with her that she was promoted to a general manager just two months later.

In January this year, she had to leave work early to go to Monklands Hospital in Airdrie as she was suffering from internal bleeding.

She was told after an examination that she was pregnant.

The woman said: "I found out I was pregnant and I was quite happy. I thought I'd have the same hours, same salary and the same pay."

When she informed her boss of her pregnancy, the woman said she received a very different reaction.

"He asked what I intended to do. I told him I intended to go ahead with the pregnancy," she said.

A week later she was called into the office by operational director Roberto Cecchetti and told that she was being demoted to a waitress as her work was not up to standard.

This was despite the fact that she was promoted two months earlier.

The tribunal heard the woman was offered two days work a week on minimum wage when previously she had been earning £24,000 a year.

'No money'

She said the impact of the hotel's decision left her with no choice but to resign as the money was barely enough to live on.

Following her resignation, the woman decided to terminate her pregnancy after suffering from depression and financial hardship.

She added: "To go from a decent salary to nothing made me feel really low, really quickly.

"I felt I had nothing in my life. I didn't have a job and I had no money. I also had to see the Citizens Advice Bureau about going bankrupt.

"I couldn't get up in the morning and I was just crying all the time."

The former manager will now receive £29,000 in compensation from Silverwells Hotel.

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