I found my husband’s “adult site” receipts for his books while I was 31 weeks pregnant.

A Scottish business owner who terminated his pregnant wife’s post two days after finding his receipts for ‘adult entertainment’ has been ordered to pay him more than £ 15,000.

Financial consultant Nicole Ramsay, 33, was working for her then-husband Stephen’s business when she confronted him for spending over £ 500 on X-rated online services.


Nicole Ramsay’s post was terminated by her husband after finding a £ 500 ‘adult entertainment’ billCredit: Facebook

An employment tribunal heard the managing director – who lives in England but is originally from Glasgow – responded by “ending his appointment as administrative director without his knowledge or consent”. She was then pregnant with the couple’s fourth child.

Now she has successfully sued the 40-year-old for marriage discrimination and has won over £ 15,000 in compensation from him.

The court, held in east London, heard that Ms Ramsay had started working for her husband’s lawn care company in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, as administrative director and secretary of the company in August 2015.

The hearing was told Ms Ramsay found out she was expecting their fourth child in March 2019.

It was a planned pregnancy and the baby was due in November 2020.

However, in September 2019, when she was 31 weeks pregnant, Ms Ramsay asked her husband about three receipts she had found.

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Receipts amounted to £ 179.99 each, for a total of £ 539.97, for adult online entertainment services and were all within 23 hours, the court said.

After the confrontation, the couple agreed to go their separate ways.

The next day, however, Ms Ramsay woke up to find that her husband had taken the key to her house and sent her “abusive” text and WhatsApp messages.

In a message, Mr Ramsay said: “You don’t need to, not like you’ve done anything anyway… Why are you still working?

“I don’t want you to have anything to do with this anymore… I’d rather close my things than give you anything from them…”


“After everything you’ve done for the past two years you don’t deserve anything and if you try I’ll make sure I don’t have anything to give you.”

Throughout the day, she still answered phone calls regarding the business in a professional manner, but then received more “aggressive and inappropriate” messages from Mr. Ramsay about the marriage breakdown.

The court heard that the messages were “threatening and abusive”.

Two days after the receipts were discovered, Ms. Ramsay’s company fuel card was stopped by Mr. Ramsay. His work phone was also turned off.

The court ruled that “this was due to the couple’s marital problems”.

In a message, Mr Ramsay said: “Your fuel card will not work as of today… You will need to pay for a new phone ASAP because I will not fund that either.”

He asked her when she would start her maternity leave and said: “You can find a new job to start when your leave ends”.


The court heard that a week after the couple separated, Mr Ramsay had left the family home.

The next day, Ms Ramsay’s contract was terminated without her knowledge or consent.

Her auto insurance had always been purchased and paid for by the company for personal and business use, but it was canceled without warning and she had less than 15 hours to pay for new insurance.

The court heard that the stress associated with the end of her pregnancy had caused her medical problems.

In October 2019, Ms Ramsay filed for divorce.

The couple’s fourth child, a girl, was born in November 2019 and she began her maternity leave which was due to end in October 2020.

The court heard that she had not returned to work after her maternity leave ended and began a new job elsewhere as a financial consultant in November 2020.


Mr Ramsay continued to pay her while on maternity leave but reduced her monthly salary from £ 1,500 to £ 1,250.

The court heard that further deductions were made until the end of her maternity leave, totaling more than £ 10,000.

Labor judge Mike Hallen said: “The emotional worry and bullying that [Mrs Ramsay] in response to the actions of [Mr Ramsay] had caused her worries which at such an advanced stage in her pregnancy had caused (medical problems) due to stress.

“[She] had to wake up to find her stolen work key in her belongings, which was traumatic for her.

“She was told via text message that she was no longer required at her workplace and that the loss of all access to all work systems that were revoked without notice also negatively impacted her, as did stopping their fuel card and automobile insurance without notice or warning.

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“Having three young children and being very pregnant while trying to organize car insurance without any details being provided to her about the previous insurer caused [Mrs Ramsay] stress.

“She repeatedly asked for missing payslips that were not provided to her, which was crucial for her to claim universal credit to be able to support herself as she was alone, she was refused During months.

The continued harassment regarding his salary and the onslaught of irrelevant and threatening emails received from Mr. Ramsay also caused his anxiety.

“[Mrs Ramsay’s] the mortgage was past due alongside many other unpaid bills due to the slow decline in his salary and his stoppage caused [her] additional stress. “

Ms Ramsay was awarded £ 10,568 for unauthorized deductions from wages and £ 5,000 in ‘hurt feelings’ compensation in respect of her claim of direct marriage discrimination.

Her other allegations of pregnancy-related discrimination and victimization were dismissed.

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