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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 The core provisions of the Equality Act 2010, which repealed the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, came into force on 1 October 2010.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.
4 Feb 2021
Many proposed employment law changes that the government has put forward in the last few years have stalled, mainly as...
28 Jan 2021
Law firm Slater and Gordon says some redundancy selection processes are unfair and employers are unlawfully making decisions based on protected characteristics.
4 Dec 2020
The Government’s furlough scheme, large-scale redundancies, safe working concerns and the rise of flexible working will have a big impact...
20 Nov 2020
The UK has arrived at a crossroads at which progress in gender equality could either be set back decades, or...
18 Aug 2020
The proportion of women employed on the boards of banks in the UK has risen 9% since 2015, compared with a 2% increase in Europe.
12 Aug 2020
The Labour party has called for the government to take urgent action to ensure that those who have been pregnant...
29 Jul 2020
Repeatedly raised concerns over gaps in support for workers and businesses during the coronavirus crisis continue to go unheeded, a...
27 Jul 2020
FTSE 350 companies are missing out on sizeable profits through a failure to appoint more women to key executive roles.
10 Jul 2020
Maria Miller's proposals aim to bolster rights of women on maternity leave, who are often considered an easy target for redundancy.
6 Jul 2020
Employers warned they could lose out on the best talent if they do not include transparency over family friendly working arrangements.
15 Jun 2020
IT finance analyst is awarded £4,000 in a case involving attitudes to sickness, workloads, mental health and pregnancy.
5 May 2020
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme rules are complicated enough, without the added layer of complexity surrounding maternity leave and new...
21 Apr 2020
A law firm has been ordered to pay more than £23,000 for pregnancy discrimination after it sacked a pregnant employee...
8 Apr 2020
The Liz Earle Beauty Company must pay a former employee more than £17,000 for pregnancy and maternity discrimination, after it...