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DISCRIMINATION: LAWYER WINS FIVE-YEAR LEGAL BATTLE

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A lawyer who was sexually discriminated against by Redcar and Cleveland BC has been awarded£12,000 after winning h...
A lawyer who was sexually discriminated against by Redcar and Cleveland BC has been awarded£12,000 after winning her case at the employment appeal tribunal.
Margaret O'Donoghue sued the council for sex discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal. She was awarded just under£12,000, which included£5,000 for her 'injured feelings'.
Mrs O'Donoghue began her case against the council in 1996 after she was passed over for the post of senior solicitor in favour of a man. When the tribunal hearing upheld her claim of sex discriminated, the council suspended Mrs O'Donoghue and began disciplinary proceedings against her.
She was sacked just before the tribunal ruled in her favour. Mrs O'Donoghue then took the council to the tribunal alleging victimisation and unfair dismissal. In 1998 both claims were upheld and she was awarded£8,800.
The council then won an appeal, only to have all three of Mrs O'Donoghue's claims upheld in her appeal.
A spokesman for the council said: 'Our lawyers wish to make no comment, as the prospect of further litigation continues.'
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