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The first legislation protecting women from unfair dismissal because of pregnancy was introduced 40 years ago. Since then, successive legislation has strengthened maternity rights. Women are now protected from any unfavourable treatment at work because of pregnancy or maternity leave. Yet, despite these legal rights, pregnancy and maternity leave is still a time when everything changes for many women at work.

A recent survey of 2,000 women found that 6 in 10 mothers felt sidelined at work as soon as they announced their pregnancy and 4 in 10 of 500 managers surveyed admitted that they were wary of hiring a woman of childbearing age. Another survey of 1,000 low paid women found that 1 in 10 were given a more junior role on return from leave.

The Pregnancy Test - report The Pregnancy Test: Ending Discrimination at Work for New Mothers [Report]

This TUC report says pregnancy and motherhood can seriously affect a woman’s career. Around a quarter of women don’t return to work after maternity leave, and one in six of the mums who do go back, change jobs because their employer won’t allow them to work reduced or flexible hours. It identifies ten ways pregnant women and new mothers are mistreated at work and five things that need to change. Download The Pregnancy Test report [PDF]

Pregnancy discrimination is not a myth - video

 

Pregnancy discrimination is not a myth [Video]

Pregnancy discrimination can have a scarring effect on women’s careers. Rebecca Raven talks about how her life was changed by pregnancy discrimination. Watch video

 

Brexit risks “turning the clock black decades” on women’s rights, according to a new report published by the TUC today (Tuesday). TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Women have made huge gains in the workplace as a result of EU membership, ranging from protection against pregnancy discrimination to fairer pay,...
24 May 2016
Fathers working full-time get paid a fifth more than men with similar jobs who don’t have children, according to a new report published by the TUC today (Monday).
25 April 2016
Key Findings from TUC/IPPR Research - March 2016. IPPR have carried out analysis for the TUC of the pay penalty associated with motherhood. Using the Birth Cohort Study for women and men born in 1970, they compared the weekly earnings of those in full-time work at age 42 who had...
08 March 2016
The EHRC's shocking new report shows that many employers are in denial about the scale of pregnancy discrimination in their workplaces.
24 July 2015
Figuring out how to share maternity leave and pay has been made easier with the publication today (Thursday) of two new booklets from the TUC. The booklets – Leave and Pay for Mothers and Leave and Pay for Fathers and Partners – are part of the Know Your Rights series...
12 December 2014
Download The Pregnancy Test report (PDF) This TUC report says pregnancy and motherhood can seriously affect a woman’s career. Around a quarter of women don’t return to work after maternity leave, and one in six of the mums who do go back, change jobs because their employer won’t allow them...
02 December 2014
Forty years ago the law was changed to protect pregnant women from ill-treatment at work, but a report published today (Tuesday) by the TUC suggests that the attitudes of many employers are still stuck in the 1970s – with the sacking, bullying and sidelining of expectant mothers commonplace.
02 December 2014
Download Leave and pay for mothers (PDF) Pregnant women are protected from harm in the workplace and have the right not to be dismissed or unfavourably treated because of their pregnancy. Most employed mothers are entitled to 52 weeks’ maternity leave and 39 weeks’ Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance...
27 November 2014
Despite 40 years of equality legislation and an increasingly diverse workforce, significant inequalities persist in Britain’s workplaces. There is a 30 per cent gap in the employment rate between working age disabled people and non-disabled people. Disabled people are more likely to be in lower skilled jobs and three in...
17 October 2014