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Stronger rights for new and expectant mothers considered

The Government is considering introducing more legal protection for expectant and new mothers who feel forced out of their jobs.

New consultation will look into strengthening the existing law against maternity discrimination. This is in response to recommendations made last year by the Women and Equalities Committee.

Unacceptable discrimination

It’s illegal to discriminate against a woman because of pregnancy or having recently given birth. This protection extends from when a woman is pregnant to the end of her maternity leave.

But last year the parliamentary committee heard evidence, described as “shocking”, that discrimination was commonplace. Since 2005, the number of expectant and new mothers forced to leave work had nearly doubled to 54,000. Research also showed that 11% of mothers felt forced out of their jobs, mainly due to bad treatment by their bosses rather than redundancy or direct dismissal.

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March 15, 2017

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