Mum wins £23,000 payout after being demoted at work while on maternity leave

Mum wins £23,000 payout after being demoted at work while on maternity leave



A woman who tried to return from maternity leave only to be told her role ‘no longer existed’ meaning she had been sacked from work has been awarded a £23,000 payout by an employment tribunal.



Dr Katie Lidster, 38, was demoted from her position at the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) while caring for her second child, Daisy, who had been born two months premature.



Due to complications, Daisy had to be born by C-section and was cared for in hospital for 53 days as she was severely underweight.



Dr Lidster was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder but had been seeing a counsellor and, seven months after the birth, felt ready to return to work.



But, during an 11 minute phone call, her line manager told her it would be ‘inappropriate’ for her to return in her former role. She was later told it no longer existed.



Instead, she was offered a four-day-a-week role with diminished responsibilities.


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