Sacked white witch ends dispute

A teaching assisting and practising white witch who claimed she was sacked for her beliefs has reached a settlement with her former employers.

The end of the dispute was announced a day before both parties were due to attend a further tribunal hearing.

Sommer de la Rosa, 34, had claimed she was unfairly dismissed from Dorothy Stringer School in Brighton, Sussex.

Brighton and Hove City Council said on Thursday that both parties had reached a confidential settlement.

A statement said: “The parties wish to take this opportunity to express their regret that their working relationship ended as it did and that it was necessary to proceed to an employment tribunal.

“The parties are pleased that the matter has now been satisfactorily resolved.”

Faith symbol

Miss de la Rosa, who was an assistant in the religious studies and music department, took her dispute to an employment tribunal in March.

She said she was asked not to wear a pentagram – a symbol of her faith.

The Hove woman had worked at the school for eight months when she was sacked in May 2006.

Education officials said the dismissal was due to poor attendance and inappropriate disclosures to students.

Officials denied banning her from wearing the pentagram or mentioning her faith.

They said it was better that religious symbols remained hidden in order not to distract pupils.

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