Birmingham Community Law Centre received funding from the Access to Justice Foundation in order to fight social exclusion in communities and effect change in society. One client that used these services, was Gemma, a car sales executive that was dismissed from her job within two months of informing her employer that she was pregnant. She informed her manager of her condition, who then proceeded to dismiss her due to her absence. The Law Centre immediately advised Gemma that she had potential claims for automatic unfair dismissal, pregnancy and maternity discrimination, notice pay, accrued holiday pay and any outstanding wages owed to her.
A single parent with a disabled child sought advice from the Harrow Law Centre. The child was living in a residential respite unit that faced closure by the Local Authority. 67 families would have been affected by the closure and suggested alternative housing units were far away and therefore unsuitable. The Harrow Law Centre took on the case and prevented the immediate closure of the housing unit. “Without Harrow Law Centre we would not have been able to challenge the closure, or prove that the Local Authority had not conducted proper assessment of our children when it had publicly stated that it would.”
The Access to Justice Foundation, PO Box 64162, London WC2A 9AN. DX 234 London Chancery Lane. The Access to Justice Foundation is a company limited by guarantee (No. 6714178) and a registered charity (No. 1126147). Registered office: The National Pro Bono Centre, 48 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1JF.
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