Pregnancy Discrimination – the problem

Despite a raft of anti discrimination laws, including the latest 2010 Equality Act, both maternity and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace remain a real problem. In particular;

  • 30,000 women are sacked or forced to give up the job every year due to their pregnancy according to equal pay charity, the Fawcett Society.
  • What’s more it’s estimated that up to 200,000 other pregnant women are subjected to other kinds of workplace discrimination
  • UK women working full-time are paid around 15.5% less than men per hour

Pregnancy Discrimination at work –common problems

The most widespread types of maternity leave or pregnancy discrimination include the following;

  • being denied promotion opportunities
  • reduction of pay or being forced into taking lower-paid work
  • unfair selection for dismissal or redundancy due to pregnancy
  • exclusion from training
  • being refused time offfor ante-natal care
  • being dismissed whilst on maternity leave
  • being refused reasonable time off and pay for ante-natal appointments

Pregnancy Discrimination in the workplace– who is covered?

UK pregnancy discrimination law protects every employee, agency worker, freelancer and the self-employed from the very first day that they are employedand as soon as your employer becomes aware of your pregnancy.

Workplace Pregnancy Discrimination? Contact us today

If you have been the victim of pregnancy discrimination at work, contact our specialist Pregnancy Discrimination Solicitors today
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