After being fired from her job as a tanning salon employee because she had cancer, she received a severance package.
A MUM has been awarded £9,300 in compensation after being fired from her job at a tanning salon due to her previous skin cancer diagnosis.
Sofi Lorimer, 36, used tanning beds twice a week before being diagnosed with skin cancer, and she stopped using them after she beat the disease. She got a job as an assistant manager at a salon, but when she told her boss, Aslam Mohammed, that she had previously had malignant melanoma and that she “hoped” she wouldn’t have to get inside a machine, he stated she shouldn’t work there.
According to court records, he called Ms Lorimer and said, “I don’t think you should work here anymore since you had cancer and I don’t think it is suitable.”
According to the documents, he then claimed it was for “health and safety reasons” and fired her.
According to Hull Live, judges concluded that Mr Mohammed’s company Smart Tan UK Limited discriminated against Sofi because of her disability and ordered them to pay her £9,300 in damages.
“Who would fire someone for that reason?” the mother said. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I was heartbroken. It felt great when it was all over and I didn’t have to think about him any longer.
“The anxiety he instilled in me was unbearable. I want others to know that they can file a lawsuit if they are in a similar scenario to mine.”
Who in their right mind would fire someone for that reason? It hit me like a ton of bricks. I was heartbroken.
Ms Lorimer, of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, used tanning beds twice a week for about seven years before stopping after 15 skin cancer procedures between September 2015 and March 2017.
Tanning beds employ fluorescent lights that emit primarily UVA light, which is three times more strong than sunlight rays.
During her time working at Smart Tan UK in 2020, she battled cancer but became “anxious” when she had to get inside one of the beds while it was on to rectify a fault.
She had earned experience in the sector prior to this position by working at a separate sunbed shop.
According to the court documents, she notified Mr Mohammed about her cancer battle in a text she sent him.
“Some people think I’m crazy for working in a sunbed shop, but I love it and that’s why I do it,” it read.
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