Home News & eventsNews Working Families’ response to EHRC research showing that forcing working mothers from jobs costs business £280 million each year

Working Families’ response to EHRC research showing that forcing working mothers from jobs costs business £280 million each year

Published: 27 Oct 2016

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British businesses are losing nearly £280 million each year as a result of women being forced out of their jobs by pregnancy and maternity discrimination, according to new research published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission today.

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

“We hear from women experiencing maternity and pregnancy discrimination every single week.  Today’s figures bring the cost to British businesses – and to women themselves – into sharp focus.

“Employers can engender change by taking a flexible by default approach to all roles – helping mothers remain in the workplace and progress their careers, and saving them money.

“Government words are welcome – but employment tribunal fees are still in place.  They are a barrier to women seeking justice and a green light to rogue employers – and must be scrapped.”