A legal secretary with 16 years' experience who claimed she was sacked for being pregnant has won her employment tribunal case.
Derrinda Bilgin's allegations of sexual discrimination and unfair dismissal against solicitors Foskett, Marr, Gadsby & Head were both upheld, the union, which supported her case, said.
Earlier this year Mrs Bilgin, known as Dee, told an East London Employment Tribunal panel that despite initially being a valued member of staff, after she announced she was expecting a baby, an attempt was made to "squeeze her out".
She said she was " devastated" to learn she was to be dismissed at the end of an extended probation period at the firm in Epping, Essex.
Mrs Bilgin, 39, from Harlow, Essex, said she was bringing the case as companies "cannot get away with this in this day and age".
She said: "I want people to know exactly what they did to me. I was devastated and it affected my pregnancy and my life for nine months."
She said her employer Nick Gadsby, a conveyancing solicitor, had not wanted to lose her before she announced her pregnancy and had praised her performance.
Mrs Bilgin started working for the firm in May last year and told them she was expecting in August that year.
She was dismissed in September and told she was not competent or experienced enough for the position. Mrs Bilgin told the tribunal she felt persecuted by the firm from the day she announced her pregnancy to her dismissal, despite having good relations with Mr Gadsby for the first couple of months.
Howard Parkinson, the senior partner of the firm, which was established in the 1920s, argued during the tribunal hearings that it was "wholly untrue" that Mrs Bilgin had been sacked because of her pregnancy.