3 out of 4 mums treated unfairly because of pregnancy
In a recent survey of 3000 mothers by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, they found that 3 out of 4 working mums have been subjected to pregnancy and maternity discrimination.
This could include mums being denied training, not being told about promotional opportunities or even being threatened with dismissal, or in some situations, actually being dismissed.
What’s more shocking is that fewer than 1% of these women went to the employment tribunal, citing the £1,200 tribunal fee cost and the stress of pursuing a claim as reasons for them not doing so.
Crystal Bolton, Employment Solicitor has commented “This level of discrimination is totally unacceptable; it shows some of our work practices haven’t left the 1970s.”
“We need to make the workplace a fairer place for everyone, and specifically bosses need to stop discriminating against pregnant women.”
We know from mothers that we help that there is definitely widespread and frankly worrying discrimination against women during pregnancy, whilst on maternity leave and when they return back to work, and we welcome news from the Women and Equalities Committee that they are going to look into the issue further by launching their own enquiry.
Crystal continued “It’s absolutely disgraceful that thousands of women find themselves out of a job when they fall pregnant, and it’s even worse that they feel that they can’t take their claim to the employment tribunal. At Oakwood Solicitors we work on a No Win No Fee basis and we do all the legal work involved, taking the stress out of the situation for mums without putting them at financial risk.”
Anyone who finds themselves discriminated against can call us on 0844 499 9302 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for a free initial chat. We have more information over on our Family Friends Rights page.