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Pregnancy and maternity discrimination examined

22 March 2016

The Women and Equalities Committee holds a evidence session on pregnancy and maternity discrimination.


Tuesday 22 March 2016, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

At 10.00am


The Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published first findings of research in October 2015. The views of over 3,000 women and 3,000 employers were sought for this research, making it the largest survey of its kind.

Key findings include:

  • 10% of women surveyed were discouraged from attending antenatal appointments by their employer
  • 7% said they were put under pressure to hand in their notice
  • One in five new mothers reported experience of harassment or negative comments from colleagues, employers or managers when pregnant or returning from maternity leave

Publication of the final report has been repeatedly delayed and the date of publication is yet to be confirmed.

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