A MODEL sacked after falling pregnant has been awarded £17,500 by a tribunal.

Ex Miss Great Britain finalist Emma Nicholson, 25, won the cash from former boss Nigel Gravett after she was told her looks would make her a good saleswoman.

But once she became pregnant with twins, she was no longer wanted, she told the hearing.

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And after she gave evidence at the original hearing earlier this year Mr Gravitt hit back naming one of the racehorses he owns Emma Told Lies.

Emma, 25, from Stanley, County Durham, was fired from her job at Network Global Ltd a month after revealing she was expecting.

An employment tribunal sitting at Newcastle in March ruled she had been the victim of unfair dismissal and sexual harassment.

It heard how she was bullied into posing topless during a sales training day - with the photograph later pinned up on a board for her colleagues to see.

When she revealed she was pregnant, she was stripped of her company car, signed on the sick and had her possessions dumped in her front garden.

On Friday, married mother-of-three Ms Nicholson was awarded a total of £17,560 in compensation.

The tribunal ruled Network Global Solutions failed to follow any proper procedures in sacking her.

See The Northern Echo tomorrow for the full story.