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New report on pregnancy and maternity discrimination

Published: 31 Aug 2016

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Working Families response to new Women and Equalities select committee report on pregnancy and maternity discrimination

The Women and Equalities Select Committee has published the final report from their inquiry into pregnancy and maternity discrimination.

In response, Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families, said:

“We hear from women experiencing maternity and pregnancy discrimination every single week. These practices should have no place in British working life.

“The Committee’s call for a serious plan from the Government is long overdue. The current system isn’t working – bolstering protection from redundancy for new and expectant mothers and levelling the playing field for women on zero-hours, agency and casual contracts would help plug some of the gaps.

“Tribunal fees are not only stopping women from seeking justice – they’re actively encouraging rogue employers who know they have nothing to fear. Increasing the time allowed to bring a claim would be a welcome first step for pregnant women and mothers who are focussed on supporting their new families. But the Westminster Government should make the same commitment the Scottish Government has to scrapping these punitive charges [3].”

For further information, and interview requests, please email press@workingfamilies.org.uk or call 07715 651511 / 07715 651509