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MATERNITY DISCRIMINATION: Not keeping mum: new mothers face dismissal and disadvantage

30 September 2016  

Åsa Waring and Dominic Boon consider ways to curb growing discrimination against expectant mothers and women returning from maternity leave

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills commissioned a programme of research to investigate the prevalence of pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace in 2015. The researchers might well have expected to find a reduction in discrimination compared to similar 2005 research conducted by the Equal Opportunities Commission. Yet the research in fact found an increase in such discrimination, with the following findings being particularly notable:



Additional Info

  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Eversheds Legal Services Ltd v De Belin [2011] UKEAT/0352/10/JOJ

    Lyons v DWP Jobcentre Plus [2014] UKEAT/0348/13/JOJ

    Madarassy v Nomura International [2007] EWCA Civ 33

    Shuter v Ford [2014] ET/3203504/13

    Watt v Croydon College [2015] ET/2300048/15

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