pregnancy & maternity discrimination
It is all too common for employers to consider a pregnant employee to be an inconvenience. What should be an exciting and joyous time is tainted by uncertainty from the moment a woman informs her employer of her pregnancy and throughout her maternity leave.
Upon return from maternity leave new mothers often feel sidelined or are confronted with redundancy upon their return. If you’re worried about redundancy during maternity and your pregnancy rights, you might be feeling concerned about how you will support yourself once the baby arrives.
If you are pregnant and about to inform your employer we can advise you on your legal rights and your employer’s obligations.
If you are pregnant or on maternity leave and experiencing discrimination or risk of redundancy in the workplace we can assist you in resolving the issue.
We are passionate about assisting women whose career has suffered as a result of having a baby and securing maximum compensation.
Signs of Pregnancy Discrimination
It is all too common for employers to consider a pregnant employee to be an inconvenience. Sadly, pregnant women and mothers report more discrimination in the workplace now than they did a decade ago*. However, there is now more conversation and awareness around pregnancy rights and the warning signs of pregnancy and/or maternity leave discrimination. These can include:
- a sudden increase in criticism or negative feedback
- changes to workload and responsibilities without reason
- being invited to less meetings and/or receiving less emails
- a decrease in growth and development opportunities (seminars, projects, training etc.)
- not receiving a raise or promotion you were in line to get before becoming pregnant
- exclusion from social and networking events
- being demoted or fired without cause
Your Pregnancy Rights
You are protected under the Equality Act 2010 if you are experiencing discrimination for your pregnancy, maternity leave or pregnancy-related illness. At didlaw, we are passionate about helping women whose career has suffered as a result of having a baby, and securing maximum pregnancy and maternity discrimination payouts.
If you are experiencing pregnancy discrimination or risk of redundancy in the workplace as a result, we can assist you in resolving the issue.