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News - 8 August 2013

'One In Four' mothers Feel Work Discrimination.

In a survey, by law firm Slater & Gordon, of almost 2,000 women questioned, one in four mothers feel they have been discriminated against at work while pregnant or after returning to their job, and that the vast majority did not make a formal complaint. Two thirds also said they would advise women to wait until the last possible moment to tell their bosses they are expecting.

Almost a third said they were not treated well during their pregnancy and maternity leave, while almost half were overlooked for a promotion, almost a fifth demoted, while more than a third had responsibility taken off them.

Two out of five also said younger colleagues without children were given more support and encouragement.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
"Despite the equality legislation in place, attitudes and working practices continue to block women in achieving their career aspirations in the UK. This is something I feel very strongly about.”

Employment Minister Jo Swinson, said it is illegal to sack a woman because she is pregnant or on maternity leave, and that the Government was committed to supporting women's talents and that shared parental leave and pay, being introduced in 2015, "will allow couples to choose how they share care for their child in the first year after birth".

However, TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said newly-introduced fees for employment tribunals would deter some women from tackling discrimination.

"Sadly some employers are still living in the dark ages when it comes to women in the workplace," said Ms O'Grady.

"[But] by introducing tribunal fees of up to £1,200 to take an employer to court over pregnancy discrimination, the Government has ensured that many more of these women will have to suffer in silence."

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