I work in a bookshop in a busy shopping centre. I am expected to be on my feet the entire day to assist clients who need help. I am pregnant and experience problems as a result. My manager disciplined me because my appearance is not conducive to the image of the business and I was dismissed. Could the fact that I am pregnant be a disadvantage?
Section 187 of the Labour Relations Act lists a few cases where an employee may under no circumstances be dismissed. If an employee is dismissed because of any of the listed reasons it automatically is an unfair dismissal. This means that the employer will not have any defence or excuse and that the employee has to be reappointed, or should the employee prefer, be compensated.