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Ex-Boss To Pay For Teasing Employee
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 24, 2006

FELIXSTOWE, ENGLAND--A Suffolk woman has won a discrimination complaint against her former employer whom she said teased her because of her disability.

The BBC reported Wednesday that an employment tribunal agreed that the owner of the shipping firm John Denny Agencies discriminated against Gail Lewis, 39, when he used the word "flid" in her presence last May.

The word is a derogatory term used to describe people born with shortened or missing arms or legs because their mothers used the drug Thalidomide while pregnant.

Lewis, whose hand was described as "deformed", claimed that Mr. Denny used the term after she spilled ink on her shirt. She claimed that, after he told him his comment was "out of order", he repeated it. Feeling "sick, embarrassed and upset", she then quit her job.

Denny told the tribunal he was not talking about Lewis at the time, but about someone he had spoken to on the phone.

The tribunal did not agree with Lewis' unfair dismissal claim against Denny.

As of Wednesday, the tribunal had not ruled on the amount Lewis would be awarded.

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