2 claim to be sacked for being pregnant

2 claim to be sacked for being pregnant

SINGAPORE - Two women had accused the managing agent of the town council run by the Workers' Party (WP) of "unfairly dismissing" them because they were pregnant.

Their complaints against FM Solutions and Services (FMSS), which manages the Aljunied-Hougang- Punggol East Town Council, were made separately to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in November last year and this May.

The disputes have been amicably settled, the ministry told The Straits Times this week, declining to disclose details of the cases for confidentiality reasons.

First to complain was a 26-year-old public relations staff member who said she lost her job last September when she was six months pregnant. She had worked for the company for about eight months.

The other was a 30-year-old community liaison officer who had her employment contract terminated in May, one month after she returned to work from her maternity leave. The single mother had worked at FMSS for more than 11/2 years.

Both graduate mothers had been pregnant with their first child. They had sought the ministry's help to get compensation from FMSS, MOM said. "Both cases were resolved through mediation and all parties reached an amicable settlement," it added.

The Straits Times understands that the 30-year-old received a "goodwill" payment last week while the 26-year-old got nothing.

When contacted, FMSS' senior public relations executive Kuldip Kaur said: "In no case was FMSS found guilty of or liable for any discrimination against its employees."

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