Pregnancy Discrimination At Work
If you’re worried about redundancy during maternity and your pregnancy rights, you might be feeling concerned about how you will support yourself once the baby arrives.
What should be an exciting and joyous time for you and your family can quickly become tainted by uncertainty if your employer begins treating you differently because you’re pregnant. Unfortunately, it’s not unheard of for new mums to feel mistreated, sidelined, and insecure in their job.
In fact, as a result of pregnancy discrimination, close to 1 in 9 mums report feeling forced to leave their job*. This includes being dismissed; made compulsorily redundant, where others in their workplace weren’t; or feeling treated so poorly they felt they had to leave.
*According to 2015 research surveys conducted by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Signs of Pregnancy Discrimination
It is all too common for employers to consider a pregnant employee to be an inconvenience. Sadly, pregnant women and mothers report more discrimination in the workplace now than they did a decade ago*. However, there is now more conversation and awareness around pregnancy rights and the warning signs of pregnancy and/or maternity leave discrimination. These can include:
- a sudden increase in criticism or negative feedback
- changes to workload and responsibilities without reason
- being invited to less meetings and/or receiving less emails
- a decrease in growth and development opportunities (seminars, projects, training etc.)
- not receiving a raise or promotion you were in line to get before becoming pregnant
- exclusion from social and networking events
- being demoted or fired without cause
Your Pregnancy Rights
You are protected under the Equality Act 2010 if you are experiencing discrimination for your pregnancy, maternity leave or pregnancy-related illness. At didlaw, we are passionate about helping women whose career has suffered as a result of having a baby, and securing maximum pregnancy and maternity discrimination payouts.
If you are experiencing pregnancy discrimination or risk of redundancy in the workplace as a result, we can assist you in resolving the issue.
Testimonials from Past Clients
“The way you guided us and supported us through the last few weeks has made a really unpleasant situation bearable and hopeful at every turn. Thank you so much. Today is the first day of the future, and it looks brighter now.”
– GW, London
“I was having a very difficult time with my employers and didlaw gave me the support and legal clout that I needed in order to reach a satisfactory conclusion. I found everyone at didlaw to be very helpful, friendly and easy to talk to. In particular, I was always treated with great respect and never felt “put down”, stupid or rushed when speaking to didlaw staff about my employment matter, I could say all that I wanted/needed to say and was always listened to.”
– SD, West Sussex
At didlaw, we’re proud to be one of the few maternity discrimination lawyers in London, as well as the leading practice in the UK in disability discrimination.
We help expectant and new mothers leverage their pregnancy rights, and ensure they’re receiving the support they’re entitled to in and outside of the workplace.
As London pregnancy discrimination lawyers, we understand the difficulties faced by women finding a family- and work-life balance in the City. Speak to didlaw today, and find out if you have a pregnancy discrimination or maternity discrimination case against your employer.