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7/7 victim can dispute dismissal
Nattashar Gittens
Ms Gittens has since found another job
A woman wounded in the 7 July bombings in London has won the right to bring an unfair dismissal claim against her former employers.

Nattashar Gittens told a preliminary hearing at London Central Employment Tribunal she was "shocked and upset" at being sacked after returning to work.

The 30-year-old was injured in the blast in Tavistock Square.

London recruitment consultants James Harvard International said the firm treated her with patience and sympathy.

After the hearing, she said she was "relieved" but said the tribunal's decision was "just the first part".

'Poor performance'

Ms Gittens, who has since found another job, suffers from pelvic injuries, hearing problems, insomnia and bouts of depression after she was caught up in the blast.

She was walking close to the bus, talking to her sister on her mobile phone when the explosion knocked her off her feet.

She took two months off work before returning to her job as a receptionist.

But she claims she was dismissed for poor performance several months after returning to work. She believes her former employers did not take into account what had happened before they sacked her.


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