Posted by Richard Woodman, Partner
Fears over discrimination against pregnant women
Discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace continues to increase, a national charity has warned.
A report prepared by Citizens Advice found that a growing number of new and expectant mothers are being poorly treated by employers.
In the course of the last year, there has been a 25 per cent increase in the number of women seeking advice on issues arising from their pregnancy.
Common problems include reductions in hours, women being made to work on a zero-hours basis or, in the most serious cases, being forced out of their job.
Gillian Guy, the charity’s chief executive, said: “Pregnant women should be supported at work, not made to fear for their livelihood. It is concerning that more and more new and expectant mums are experiencing discrimination issues at work.
“People with a baby on the way will have a lot on their minds already. The last thing they need is a threat to their income or job security. All employers should respect and uphold the rights of staff who are new parents or expecting a baby.”
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (ECHR), which has itself identified a significant increase in discrimination since 2005, has previously called for reforms to give pregnant women greater protection.
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