£93,000 + award for police sex discrimination

It's all go in Watford. The Herts Advertiser reports Michelle Butler v Herts Constabulary under the rather surreal headline of Police Merger Delay. Ms Butler found out she was pregnant 5 weeks into her employment and after her maternity leave was required to work on 24 hour shifts and denied a transfer to a job that did not require night work. The key issue appears to be how quickly the transfer request was denied and the lack of a proper investigation into that request. The Daily Mail have done a sympathetic article on the story but it is worth reading some of the reader comments on it which are very much of the "how dare she get pregnant" variety. Over 30 years since the sex discrimination law came into force some people still don't get it.

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