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Pregnancy and maternity discrimination
The law relating to pregnancy and maternity discrimination is governed by the Equality Act 2010. The core provisions of the Equality Act 2010, which repealed the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, came into force on 1 October 2010. While the Equality Act 2010 largely consolidated previous discrimination legislation, it also designated pregnancy and maternity as a protected characteristic in its own right.
The Equality Act 2010 specifically protects women against direct discrimination and victimisation because of the protected characteristic of pregnancy and maternity. While there are no specific provisions in the Equality Act 2010 for indirect discrimination and harassment in relation to pregnancy and maternity, a woman can claim sex discrimination in these cases. For example, many indirect sex discrimination cases are connected with the refusal of employers to allow women returning from maternity leave to work part time.
10 Jan 2020
Brexit seemed to put the brakes on progress for family-friendly rights last year, but 2020 and beyond could see some...
3 Dec 2019
A female police officer’s claim for sex discrimination has been upheld after she did not receive a ‘London allowance’ during her maternity leave.
15 Oct 2019
The #MeToo movement is two years old this week and has been influential in altering behaviour, bolstering equality and respect...
9 Oct 2019
Brenda Charnock examines the case of a woman unfairly dismissed for being pregnant and asks why some employers fail to...
3 Sep 2019
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A recent Court of Appeal decision, The...
22 Aug 2019
One in eight (12%) employers would be reluctant to hire a woman who could become pregnant and one in seven...
5 Aug 2019
There are limits to the circumstances in which employers can take a candidate’s past criminal convictions into account when deciding...
25 Jul 2019
The legal protections for pregnant women and new mothers are to be extended to six months after they return to...
24 May 2019
A woman has won a claim of unfair dismissal and discrimination after resigning from her job because of her employer's attitude toward her pregnancy.
21 May 2019
The government is accused of dragging its feet over protections for new mothers as a private member's bill is introduced in the House of Commons...
15 May 2019
Employers need to do “far more” to protect the health and wellbeing of pregnant staff, with travel commitments and irregular...
2 May 2019
The annual increase to the limits on compensation that can be awarded in an...
1 May 2019
Large organisations should be forced to publish retention rates for new mothers returning to the workplace in order to tackle...
18 Mar 2019
A case where a pregnant police officer was taken away from front line duties and placed in a desk-based role ...