A former employee of Michelle Mone, the Scots entrepreneur behind
the Ultimo bra, has alleged that she was sexually discriminated against
because she became pregnant and was subsequently forced to leave her
job. At an employment tribunal last week call centre employee Claire
Woods claimed she left the lingerie firm when her request for a change
in working hours to accommodate her pregnancy was refused. She also
alleged that Mrs. Mone did not appreciate workers taking time off for
family reasons and asked women at interviews if they planned on having
children.

MJM International denied Miss Woods' claims and rejected suggestions
that the company tried to "weed out" workers planning to have children
at interview stage by asking them their family intentions. The hearing
will continue in September.

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