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Sacked for being pregnant and unmarried

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Denise was eleven weeks pregnant when she started working for a religious organisation. Two weeks later, she told the organisation that she was pregnant. Her manager asked whether she had set a wedding date, because she was unmarried. When she said she hadn't, she was told that she should have a wedding date because it didn't look good working for a church organisation and not being married. Her employment was terminated.

Outcome: 
When the organisation was contacted after Denise made a complaint to the Commission, they said that they would offer her an apology and a job reference. She was satisfied with this response, and the complaint was concluded.

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