A MOTHER sacked by Isle of Wight beauty company Liz Earle when she was eight months pregnant has been awarded more than £17,000 by an employment tribunal.

Helen Larkin, 38, of Southsea, was given two weeks' notice of her redundancy in June 2018.

She said the company then rejected her applications for two other roles because of her impending maternity.

Mrs Larkin had worked for the Ryde-based company for five years when her job was terminated.

She said she was not interviewed for two new digital marketing roles, even though they were similar to the job she had been doing.

Mrs Larkin, who represented herself at the Southampton hearing, told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme she had brought the case to "empower women to speak up".

The Liz Earle Beauty Company is now owned by the US-based Walgreens Boots Alliance.

The company told the tribunal the redundancy was not discrimination but part of a restructuring in which three other roles were terminated.

It admitted it 'fell short of our standards' in the case of Ms Larkin.

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