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MATERNITY DISCRIMINATION: Out of sight, out the door?

24 May 2013  

Following recent findings that one in seven women on maternity leave do not have a job to go back to, Harriet Bowtell considers the rise in the number of maternity-leavers being made redundant

Many employment law practitioners have seen a recent rise in pregnancy and maternity discrimination, particularly when connected with redundancy. This experience was supported by the findings of research commissioned by Slater & Gordon earlier this year into the experience of new mothers returning to work. The headline finding was that one in seven women did not have a job to go back to. Another key finding was that of the 40% of women who said that they returned to a changed position, almost half felt that the job they returned to was somehow worse than the job they had left. More than a quarter of these women had had their request for flexible working arrangements refused.


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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    SG Petch Ltd v English-Stewart [2012] UKEAT/0213/12

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