Redundancy Rights: Unscrupulous Employers Target Pregnant Women

Redundancy Rights: Unscrupulous Employers Target Pregnant Women

According to a recent article in the “pregnant women are under threat as never
before.”  The paper quotes Rosalind Bragg, director of charity , as saying: “During the recession,
we’ve seen an increase in the number of women being chosen for  because they’re pregnant.”

Of course, if an employee is made  whilst pregnant or on maternity leave they
may be able to claim  and .

But Ros Bragg cautions: “It’s still extraordinarily difficult to pursue an
action for pregnancy discrimination.  Whilst the law’s clear, it’s often very
difficult to prove.  Plus women who are in the late stages of
pregnancy, or at home looking after a baby, or who have just returned to work,
simply don’t have the time or energy.”  “We’re very concerned that some
unscrupulous employers are using the recession as an excuse to unfairly
target pregnant women and women on maternity leave,” she adds.

Back in 2005, the Equal Opportunities Commission (since renamed the ) estimated 30,000
women lose their jobs each year as a result of being pregnant.  It also
predicted a million pregnant women would experience some form of workplace
discrimination in the five years following publication of the .

The  – a campaign group comprising , , the , , and  –
say the Government has failed to collect data on pregnancy discrimination during
this period and made little attempt to ensure employers comply with the law.

And  told the it had received an influx of calls this year,
including at least one a month “where a woman is dismissed on, or soon after,
the day she informs her employer of her pregnancy.”

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