Manchester attack victim ‘lost her job for being off sick’ after she was paralysed in terror bombing

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A BOMB blast victim left paralysed by the Manchester terror attack claims she was forced out of her job by bosses who made her feel guilty about taking time off.

Devastated Julie Thomas, from Liverpool, has told how her solicitors’ firm asked when she would be returning to work – just two days after suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 innocent people at the Ariana Grande concert.

 A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena, killing 22 people

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A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena, killing 22 people

The wheelchair-bound 34-year-old may never walk again after she was left with shrapnel and bolts embedded in her body from the deadly nail bomb.

Despite this, Julie claims she was “hounded” by bosses who warned she could be made redundant from her position at Dickinson Parker Hill solicitors, the Mirror reports.

She told the paper: “It has built up since I was lying in hospital. The text messages, the letters, knowing the state I was in.

“‘Where’s the sick note? Can you talk about a file? When are you coming back to work? Can you do an online course?’

“They made me feel like a victim again. It’s degrading.”

Julie is now bringing a constructive dismissal and discrimination case against the firm based in Ormskirk, Lancs, claiming “unreasonable bullying and harassment”.

 This photograph of brave Bradford teenager Eve Senior captured the horror of the Manchester terror attack

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This photograph of brave Bradford teenager Eve Senior captured the horror of the Manchester terror attack
 Dickinson Parker Hill solicitors have been accused of 'hounding' employee Julie Thomas to return to work days after the terror attack

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Dickinson Parker Hill solicitors have been accused of ‘hounding’ employee Julie Thomas to return to work days after the terror attack
 Girls were seen jumping from a great height to escape after a bomb went off in the Manchester Arena

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Girls were seen jumping from a great height to escape after a bomb went off in the Manchester Arena

She says the company lacked “compassion and real sympathy” over what had happened to her after she received texts from work after her third operation, just nine days after the attack.

Trade union of ficial Ronnie Cunningham said: “Julie didn’t have the flu, she was in a major terrorist attack and thankfully survived.

“We will say she was sacked and that will be for the tribunal to decide.”

Dickinson Parker Hill, declined to comment when approached by the Mirror.

 Terrorist Salman Abedi killed 22 people and injured 64 in the bomb blast

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Terrorist Salman Abedi killed 22 people and injured 64 in the bomb blast
 he was pictured with a blue suitcase in the centre of Manchester on the day he committed the attack on the Manchester Arena

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he was pictured with a blue suitcase in the centre of Manchester on the day he committed the attack on the Manchester Arena

It’s is understood they claim to have offered her a consultation period.

A bomb exploded in the foyer of Manchester Arena moments after US pop star Ariana Grande left the stage on May 22.

Fans were targeted as they made their way to Manchester Victoria train station next door.

At least 64 people were injured and 22 lost their lives – including many children.

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