date: Tuesday 22 March 2016
embargo: For immediate release
Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) report published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which reveals that 77% of working mothers has experienced pregnancy discrimination, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“It’s disgraceful that tens of thousands of women are forced from their job each year due to pregnancy discrimination and that most struggle to enforce their rights.
“Today’s report must lead to change. Women who have lost their jobs should not have to pay £1,200 to take a case to an employment tribunal.
“The government should also recognise the vital role unions play in combatting pregnancy discrimination. This report shows that employers who work closely with trade unions have greater awareness of pregnant women’s rights and better policies to support them.
“I would urge every working woman to join a union to make sure they are represented and their voice is heard.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- EHRC figures show that of the 54,000 women who reported suffering pregnancy discrimination at work, less than 1% took their employer to tribunal.
- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk
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