Pregnant Teacher Rebecca Raven Wins Tribunal After Being Sacked

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"Schools cannot be allowed to get away with breaking the law", said Mrs Raven's lawyer

An art teacher who was unfairly sacked after becoming pregnant has been awarded a £33,900 payout, a teaching union has said.

Rebecca Raven, 32, was removed from her £23,000-a-year post at Howell's School in Denbigh, North Wales, after discovering she was pregnant.

A Shrewsbury employment tribunal ruled in May the school was guilty of unfair dismissal under Section 99 of the Employment Rights Act and of discrimination under the Equality Act.

On Tuesday, her union, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said the independent girls' school had been ordered to pay her £33,923.27 in compensation.

Jayne Philips, ATL's senior lawyer, said the payout will help Mrs Raven finally get justice.

"The compensation should go some way towards covering her costs for a year out of work," Ms Philips said.

"Schools cannot be allowed to get away with breaking the law."

Mrs Raven, from Flint in North Wales, said it was a relief to be able to put this case behind her.

"It was terrible shock losing a job I loved," Mrs Raven said.

"I hope the school's trustees have come to their senses and won't treat anyone else the way they treated me."

Dr Philip Dixon, Director of ATL Cymru, said: "We are delighted to have won this compensation for Mrs Raven after all the months of worry and uncertainty the school put her through.

"Howell's School treated her appallingly and showed a complete disregard for the law. Sacking a pregnant teacher also set a dismal example to the pupils who are, hopefully, being educated to be young, independent women with fulfilling careers and lives."

Mrs Raven was sacked a few days after telling the school she was pregnant.

She applied for maternity leave in May 2011, which should have started at the end of November 2011, but the school told her she would be dismissed at the end of the summer term, ATL said.

The school then said she could apply for the post of part-time art teacher, starting in September 2011, but they did not appoint her.

Mrs Raven appealed and put in a grievance, but the school failed to respond, and in May won her claim of unfair dismissal.