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A teaching assistant has been sacked after taking too much holiday when attending her daughter's wedding
A teaching assistant has been sacked after taking too much holiday when she visited her daughter’s wedding.
Susan De Souza of Catisfield Road, Enfield, worked at St Anne’s Catholic School in Oakthorpe Road but was fired three weeks ago.
Mrs De Souza was given five days' holiday to go to her daughter’s wedding in New York on June 9. However, in March, she requested an extra five days on top of the leave she was given consent for.
The Catholic school refused the additional five days and warned her that she would lose her job if she took the extra time off.
The wedding started at 7.30pm in New York on June 9, and the teaching assistant, along with her husband Norman Burbidge, returned to the UK four days after the wedding had taken place.
This resulted in Mrs De Souza’s sacking for failing to return to work when instructed on June 10.
Flight dates to and from the wedding had been booked by Mrs De Souza’s daughter prior to the time being allocated by the school for leave.
Husband Norman is aggrieved by the incident and believes the school should have looked favourably upon his wife due to the circumstances.
He said: “This is an outrage. How can they expect a mother not to be at her daughter’s wedding? It is absurd. There is no way that we could have been at the wedding and returned home the next day for Susan to start work.
“The wedding had more than 200 people in attendance, it would have looked bizarre if the mother and father left halfway through the event.”
The couple are looking at taking legal action.
Enfield Borough Council has yet to comment on the matter.
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