According to some recent press reports, it is time to stop harping on about gender equality: the sex wars have ended. But in the current economic climate, it appears that pregnant women and new mothers still face discriminating employment practices. Others find that their hard won flexible working hours are withdrawn under the cover of “reorganisation”.
Working Families Chief Executive, Sarah Jackson, said:
“Our helpline team hears daily reports from pregnant women and women on maternity leave who have suffered poor treatment at work. Discrimination against women is common.
“Sadly, too many employers are using the recession as a cover for reneging on their family friendly policies and equality duties. As well as being short sighted, discrimination is illegal. Any woman who thinks they have been badly treated because they are pregnant or on maternity leave should call our free helpline on 0800 013 0313 for expert legal advice. Our legal advisers don’t just let women know their rights at work, but can help them fight discrimination when it occurs”
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