Substantial award for agency worker unfairly dismissed.

An Employment Tribunal which awarded a woman over £35,000 has paved the way for agency workers to enjoy improved rights. The case which was funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission heard that agency worker Corinda Pegg had been dismissed after 44 weeks service due to absences caused by depression.

Pegg had suffered a series of bereavements and was absent from work for a week receiving mental health residential care. On her return to work she was sometimes late and, when questioned by her manager, explained that this was due to her disability. Two months later, she was admitted to hospital following a panic attack and, whilst receiving medical care at home the following fortnight, she was told by phone that her employment had been terminated because of poor attendance and punctuality….

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