FEMALE prisoners had a chance to learn about their employment rights when they return to work thanks to voluntary community work by a York employment lawyer.

Around 17 inmates at HM Prison Askham Grange, in Askham Richard, attended a talk and questions and answers session this month with head of employment law at law firm Harrowells, Marie Horner, pictured.

Employment issues discussed at the women’s open prison ranged from the right to receive a statement of employment terms, paid holidays, discrimination rights and flexible working applications.

The talk, arranged through homeless charity, Shelter, was Marie Horner’s second voluntary advice session in York. Earlier this year she spoke to York Hospital Patients about their rights to expect reasonable adjustments at work to help them cope with long-term medical conditions. Harrowells has offices in York, Thirsk, Easingwold and Pocklington.