Issue date
26 Jan 2017

Commenting on a report published today (Thursday) by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“We are pleased the government has finally published its plans for tackling pregnancy discrimination. However Ministers are still not confronting the elephant in the room – the impact of employment tribunal fees.

“Bad bosses will continue to get away with discriminating against new mums as long as it costs up to £1,200 to take a pregnancy discrimination claim.

“It’s also very disappointing that the government has not extended the time women have to bring a claim.

“My advice to women is to join a union. As the Equality and Human Rights Commission highlighted pregnant women and new mums are treated better in workplaces that recognise trade unions.”

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