Pregnant women are being treated badly at work across the UK. It’s time for the Government to lead the way

Pregnant women are being treated badly at work across the UK. It’s time for the Government to lead the way

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Jo Swinson
Jo Swinson

Mine was not a typical pregnancy. Unlike most women, I was lucky to be in a position of power at work. As Government minister responsible both for employment law and equalities protection, I was ideally placed to speak out and be heard if I had experienced discrimination.

But not everyone is so fortunate. Back in 2013, I secured funding for the Equalities & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to undertake the most extensive research ever into pregnancy discrimination in the UK. The findings, finally published in spring 2016, were damning. 54,000 women a year forced out of their jobs due to pregnancy discrimination. 53,000 feeling pressured by their employer to miss ante-natal appointments.

Around 70 0per cent of employers say women should declare if they’re pregnant at job interview, and a quarter think it’s reasonable…


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