#MothersWork – Time for action on pregnancy discrimination at work
Seven years on from the global financial crisis of 2008 and the onset of recession, unfair and unlawful treatment of pregnant women and new mothers at work is more common in UK workplaces than ever before: new research by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Equality & Human Rights Commission indicates that as many as 54,000 pregnant women and new mothers are forced out of their jobs each year.
It is also harder than ever to challenge such discrimination: the supply of free legal advice has been severely reduced by funding cuts and the abolition of almost all civil legal aid. And, since July 2013, upfront fees of up to £1,200 to pursue an employment tribunal claim for pregnancy, maternity or sex discrimination have had a devastating impact on women’s access to justice.
With pregnant women, new mothers and their families also facing the biggest living standards crisis in a generation, the Government must take action to tackle the problem.
Join our campaign calling on the Minister for Women & Equalities, Nicky Morgan MP, and the Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, to act quickly to ensure job security for all working women during pregnancy, maternity leave and return to work.
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Maternity Action convenes the campaign group, the Alliance Against Pregnancy Discrimination in the workplace which is made up of: the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Family and Childcare Trust, Fawcett Society, Maternity Action, NCT, Prospect, Royal College of Midwives, TUC, UNISON, Unite the Union, Working Families and YESS.