Primark manager, 29, sues retail giant for sexual discrimination

Primark manager, 29, sues retail giant for sexual discrimination

A Primark manager is suing the retail giant for sex discrimination for not letting her have Thursday evenings off to care for her child – while male colleagues with children had only an ‘informal’ obligation to work on that day.

Natasha Allen, who worked at the Primark store in Bury from 2011, was asked to ‘guarantee her availability’ to work the late shift on Thursday because the store did not have enough senior staff to cover her absence.

Departmental manager Miss Allen, 29, gave birth to her daughter Brooke in 2019 and argued the insistence on working those evenings was unfair because she was the principal carer for the child.

The clothing chain rejected her request for flexible working, and Miss Allen resigned in September 2019 and took her case to an employment tribunal, arguing that ‘the requirement for department managers to guarantee availability to work late shifts… put women at a particular disadvantage compared to men’.

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