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'BDO sacked me because of arranged marriage'

Trainee makes employment claim against mid-tier firm, saying her arranged marriage led to her dismissal

BDO Stoy Hayward made an employee redundant for having had an arranged
marriage, it has been alleged.

Ayesha Sheika, 21, has claimed in papers submitted to an employment tribunal
that managers pried into her private life after her parents arranged for her to
marry someone she had never met in Pakistan.

She was quizzed, according to a report in Metro, about her future
plans by a manager, who was concerned her husband would make her give up work.
The firm is said to have reneged on a promise of training, and her working life
made a misery by office gossips.

BDO denies the claims, which allege that she was discriminated on the basis
of her race and religion, saying that she was made redundant in a genuine work
re-organisation.

The case is expected to be heard later this year.

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