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A call for change: Pregnancy and maternity discrimination report published

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is calling for urgent action to be taken by the Government following the publication of the Pregnancy and Maternity discrimination report, prepared by IFF Research.

The aim of the report was to investigate the prevalence and nature of pregnancy and maternity-related discrimination and disadvantage in the workplace surveying 3,254 mothers and 3,034 employers.

The majority of employers reported that it was in their best interests to support pregnant women and agreed that their statutory rights were reasonable and easily implemented.

The findings form the perspective of mothers paints a different picture however

  • 11% reporting that they were either dismissed; made compulsorily redundant, where others in their workplace were not; or treated so poorly they felt they had to leave their job.
  • One in five mothers said they had experienced harassment or negative comments related to pregnancy or flexible working from their employer and /or colleagues.

Our work for EHRC has raised issues that may have otherwise been overlooked and we are proud to be contributing to reports that put people first. Follow the link to read some of the key findings from this report:

Pregnancy and maternity discrimination key findings