A YOUNG Weymouth woman who has a facial deformity is fronting a national campaign to address discrimination in the workplace.
Lizzie Court hit the headlines when she spoke to the Echo about undergoing 19 job interviews without being offered a job.
The 21-year-old was born with Goldenhar Syndrome – meaning she was born without a jaw, left eye and left ear.
Her story caught the attention of Prime Minister David Cameron when she appeared in the Echo calling for employers to change their attitudes.
She eventually landed her dream job working on the reception of Weymouth charity Abilities.
And now charity Changing Faces is launching its ‘What Success Looks Like’ campaign to transform expectations and confidence around disfigurement in employment, and Lizzie has been one of the people chosen to lead the way with it.
The campaign launched at The Mall Galleries in London last night and Lizzie featured in a film talking about her experience which was aired to launch the event.
Lizzie said: “It is all very exciting and the day was fantastic.
“The film was really fun to make. They just told me to be myself. It’s great to be involved in the campaign.”
The Equality Act 2010 was meant to protect the rights of people with ‘severe disfigurements’ but discrimination is still rife in many UK workplaces, according to the charity.
Lizzie has eight GCSEs and three BTEC diplomas and spent the seven months since she left Weymouth College applying for numerous jobs in travel and tourism and reception roles.
Lizzie was born with a 49 degree curvature of the spine and wore a body cast 23 hours a day from the age of 18 months to 16.