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55k pay out for breastfeeding Magilligan officer

Thursday, 16 November 2017

55k pay out for breastfeeding Magilligan officer thumbnailMagilligan Prison where a prison officer was subjected to bullying and abuse because she was brestfeeding.

A FORMER Magilligan prison officer has been awarded 55k by her employer after colleagues "made her life hell" as a breastfeeding mum when she returned to work after maternity leave. The mother of two told how she broke down in public, plunged into depression and began self-harming to the point she feared she would "kill herself by accident" because of what she was going through at the prison near Limavady.
After maternity leave with her second child, the 32-year-old felt she could no longer work in the Co Londonderry facility's H-block accommodation units, due to the lack of hygiene and the preponderance of cigarette smoke and other substances.
But despite an agreement to adjust her duties so that she wasn't required to work in those areas as a breastfeeding mother, her co-workers objected to the new arrangements and she was eventually forced out.
The mum-of-two then sued the Prison Service for sex discrimination, bullying and harassment and this week, she was awarded 55,000 in an out-of-court settlement, described by lawyers as "a very substantial pay out."

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