Bosses at high street retailer New Look manipulated a store manager into resigning after she returned from maternity leave, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Senior judges held that Terry Rooney-Telford was misinformed about early opening requirements at the branch in Downpatrick and kept in the dark about flexible hours entitlements.
They quashed an industrial tribunal finding that there was no intention to dismiss the mother-of-two, and ordered a new hearing of the case which will also assess whether any compensation is due. The Co Down woman was challenging the industrial tribunal decision that it had no jurisdiction to deal with her claims.
Her case against New Look Retailers Ltd centred on whether she was deliberately manoeuvred during a meeting into resigning.
Ms Rooney-Telford's lawyers argued that the tribunal's finding was perverse because there had been an intention to dismiss her.
She began working for the company in February 2008.