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Maternity rights: Pregnancy dismissal requires employer's knowledge of pregnancy

This report relates to 1 case(s)

The dismissal of a pregnant employee could not be said to have been for a reason connected with her pregnancy, and so automatically unfair, as the employer did not know that she was pregnant until after it gave her notice of dismissal, holds the EAT in Dentons Directories Ltd v Hobbs 18.3.97 EAT 821/96. The fact that the employer became aware of the pregnancy between the date it gave the employee notice and the date when that notice expired did not change the reason for dismissal from that which was in the employer's mind at the time the decision to dismiss was taken - her numerous absences from work - to a reason connected with her pregnancy.