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Worker ‘felt suicidal after false Nando’s sex claims’

A FORMER Nando’s worker said she considered taking her own life after she was suspended over allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

Lauren Kelly was a supervisor at the chicken franchise’s outlet in Swansea’s Wind Street, but was suspended in 2017 after managers became aware of allegations related to nights out.

The 39-year-old denies the claims, which she alleges were fabricated to get her sacked because she was going to raise health and safety issues in the restaurant.

Mrs Kelly (pictured with her husband) has accused Nando’s of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. She told an employment tribunal in Cardiff: ‘I was utterly devastated.

‘I have never felt so down in my entire life and had no idea who had made the allegations. I was told to leave the restaurant. By doing that, Nando’s failed in their duty of care.

‘I came very close to committing suicide that afternoon as I went straight to the bridge over the River Tawe.’

Mrs Kelly started in 2013 and said she was content until August 2016 when her manager went on maternity leave. After raising staff concerns, Mrs Kelly said she felt ‘singled out’ before her suspension. ‘People found me crying in the toilets because I was struggling,’ she said. Marcus Difelice, for Nando’s, said she could have asked for help and her suspension was handled compassionately. The hearing continues.