Employment law: Former secretary studies law to sue former employer

Employment law: Former secretary studies law to sue former employer

A former secretary has gained a first-class degree in law, after taking up the subject in order to sue her previous employer for harassment, reports the BBC.

Alex Gibson, 36, previously worked as a secretary but left her job after claiming she was subjected to bullying at work due to her dyslexia.

However, as she was unable to pay the cost of professional legal representation, she decided instead to take up law as a student at Bangor University. 

Her remarkable story has been compared to that of US attorney Erin Brockovich, about whom a hit Hollywood film was made starring Julia Roberts in the lead role.

Brockovich’s story was another example of a woman taking up legal study in order to take on a major case.

In Gibson’s case she was told the hearing was likely to last around eight days, but the legal wrangling beforehand meant the case actually dragged on for two-and-a-half years.

“Alex decided to represent herself for the duration of the case and after a two-and-a-half-year legal battle she won her case,” a spokesman for Bangor University told the BBC.

“To top off her achievement she also graduated from Bangor with a first-class degree in law,” they added.

Gibson said that taking her harassment case to tribunal had been ‘utterly terrifying’ but added that she was happy she had stood up for herself.

She is now awaiting a financial settlement from her former employer, who has offered a four-figure sum to settle the case.

“I can finally say no-one will ever make me feel worthless again,” she told the BBC. 

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