A social worker whose offer of a job at an aged-care home was withdrawn because she was pregnant has had her compensation slashed by $20,000. The Court of Appeal ordered home operator South Elderly Affairs to pay Yuen Wai-han $135,000 instead of the $155,000 ordered by the District Court. It upheld the lower court's finding last year that Ms Yuen's pregnancy had been behind the withdrawal, but said punitive damages awarded by Judge Wesley Wong Wing-fai were excessive. The court heard Ms Yuen, 26, was offered a job as a supervisor with the home on June 10, 2000, at a salary of $15,000. But South Elderly Affairs withdrew the offer two days later, citing her pregnancy. The compensation award included lost income and injury to feelings, as well as punitive damages. Yesterday's ruling said Judge Wong had imposed a 'double penalty' by awarding punitive damages for the home's groundless criminal report about Ms Yuen after she filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunities Commission. It said this had been taken into account under 'injury to feelings'.