If someone treats you unfairly because you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or because you’ve recently given birth, you may have been discriminated against.
Between April 2015 and March 2016 Citizens Advice saw a 25% rise in people reporting pregnancy and maternity discrimination. Evidence from Citizens Advice reveals pregnant women and new mums have had their working hours cut, been put onto zero-hours contracts, pressured to return to work early from maternity leave and, in extreme cases, have been forced out of their jobs.
If you have concerns about pregnancy or maternity discrimination check out the advice here . . .
Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy 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.”