Government proposes new plans to tackle Maternity Discrimination
The government has set out new proposals aimed at increasing the legal protection afforded to pregnant women and new mothers against redundancy. The main proposal put forward by the government is that the protections afforded to a mother whilst on maternity should be extended for a further period of six months after they return to work. The Prime Minister said “It’s unacceptable that too many parents still encounter difficulties when returning to work. The proposals are set to provide greater protection for new parents in the workplace and put their minds at ease at this important time.”
Research has shown that many women who returned to work after having a baby were unfairly treated to the extent they felt forced to leave, or were made redundant. Estimates revealed that as many as 54,000.00 women year may lose their jobs due to pregnancy or motherhood.
Business Minister, Kelly Tolhurst, said: “Pregnancy and maternity discrimination is illegal. But some new mothers still find unacceptable attitudes on their return to work which effectively forces them out of their jobs.”
Current legislation makes discrimination on grounds of pregnancy illegal. Potential claimants should note that complaints must be lodged in the Employment Tribunal within 3 months of a discrimination event occurring.
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