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A pregnant carer who was branded useless by her patient because she could no longer put her to bed won £25,000 in a discrimination case.

Sandy Croly, 31, from Nottingham, refused to pick up ‘much older’ Kelly Ann Smith because she was worried about her unborn baby.

But Miss Croly was shocked when her paralyzed boss snapped at her and ordered her to do it, telling her “there was no point in her being there” if she couldn’t help.

Miss Croly, who was considered a high-risk pregnancy as she had previously lost a child, ended up lifting her employer to her bed at her home and suffered a troubling hemorrhage.

Ms. Smith, who also goes by Kelly Passam, stopped paying her and days later fired Ms. Croly via text message, leaving the pregnant woman without enough money for food.

Now Miss Croly has successfully sued Mrs Smith for pregnancy discrimination and won £24,432.

The black personal care assistant also won a racial discrimination claim after Ms. Smith’s other caregivers made “sarcastic comments” about her, gave her “dirty looks” and even falsely accused her of smoking cannabis at work.

The Nottingham court heard that Miss Croly was one of five personal carers for Mrs Smith, a mother of two who required 24-hour care because she was paralyzed from the waist down.

Miss Croly only worked for her for three months until she was fired from her in July 2019, it was heard.

The audience was told that she previously had a premature birth and her daughter sadly died, so when she got pregnant again she was considered high risk and was “eager about it and didn’t want anything that would put her child at risk for be born”.

A court report stated: “As part of her role, Miss Croly was required to help Mrs Smith into and out of bed.

Mrs. Smith had a hoist to lift her in and out of bed, but she refused to use it.

‘On one occasion, shortly before the end of Miss Croly’s employment, Mrs Smith asked her to lift her (into) her bed.

Mrs. Smith responded that if she didn’t pick her up

She is much bigger than Miss Croly, and Miss Croly said she couldn’t lift her because she was pregnant and Mrs. Smith was too heavy for her to lift.

Mrs. Smith responded that if she didn’t pick her up, she “didn’t make sense” for her to be there because she was “useless.”

Miss Croly picked her up this time, because she needed the job. As she left work that day she was bleeding. She was very anxious and she contacted her GP who cleared her to take off work for 8 weeks.

Mrs. Smith did not accept her adjustment note, she stopped paying her and fired her via text message, even stating that she was “not such a bad boss.”

The report added: “Miss Croly was very upset at the way Mrs. Smith and the other employed caregivers treated her.

She lost her trust and hasn’t worked as a caregiver since.

‘After she was laid off in July, she didn’t receive any benefits for weeks. She fell behind on her rent and was afraid of losing her house.

She just finished paying back rent.

‘She didn’t have enough money to buy food. She used food banks and walked to her grandmother’s house because she couldn’t afford the bus fare.

‘Her grandmother gave her food and the bus ticket home. The impact of discrimination on Ms. Croly has been significant.

The court panel ruled that Miss Croly be awarded £24,432 for pregnancy discrimination and racial discrimination.

Ms. Smith did not attend any court hearings or participate in court for more than two years.

It was heard that after Miss Croly was fired, she spent time in Sheffield hospital.

Miss Croly had a son and then a daughter.

After the case, the full-time mother of two said: ‘Her treatment of her has affected me a lot, it has shaken my confidence in people.

‘I haven’t been a caretaker since.

“She had been a caregiver for over 10 years and had never been treated the way Kelly treated me.”

Sandy Croly Quick and Facts

  • Sandy Croly, 31, refused to pick up Kelly Ann Smith because she was pregnant  
  • But Ms Smith said there was ‘no point her being there’ and said she was ‘useless’  
  • Miss Croly has sued Ms Smith for pregnancy discrimination and won £24,432

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