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It is estimated that around 60,000 women a year are forced out of their jobs just for being pregnant or on maternity leave and although the government have announced £1 million fund to research this issue, there is plenty the government can be doing to end pregnancy discrimination now. This includes removing the £1200 it costs women to take a discrimination claim to tribunal, ensure fully and sustainably funded legal aid and advice services so women know their rights and reinstate the questionnaire procedure which allowed companies and individuals to determine if discrimination had taken place. Read more in Maternity Action’s report ‘Overdue: A plan to tackle pregnancy discrimination now‘.
If you’ve experience bad treatment at work because you were pregnant or on maternity leave, tell your story anonymously to the When I Had My Baby campaign run my yours truly!
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