No penalty for concealing pregnancy

Employees who fail to disclose the fact they are pregnant at job interview
are protected by law from any action an employer may take as a result.

A recent ruling by the European Court of Justice said that a woman’s failure
to mention her pregnancy at application stage did not constitute a fundamental
breach of mutual trust and confidence.

The employer who dismissed her on discovering the deception was liable for
sex discrimination because it had inflicted a detriment on the woman because of
her pregnancy, the court found.

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