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Rights to be reviewed for new and expectant mothers

Rights to be reviewed for new and expectant mothers

Extra legal protection for new and expectant mothers who feel they’re being forced out of their jobs is being considered by the government. A consolation will be held in due course on strengthening the existing law against discrimination.

Business Minister, Margot James said: “There should be zero tolerance of discrimination against pregnant women, or women who have just given birth.”

The parliamentary committee heard evidence for this, which they described as “shocking”.  The number of expectant new mothers forced to leave their jobs has almost doubled to 54,000 since 2005, they heard.

Research considered by the MPs also showed that 11% of mothers felt they had been forced out of their jobs, mostly by bad treatment by their employers rather than through direct dismissal or redundancy.

The government stated, “This is clearly unacceptable”.

We want to know if you’ve ever experienced this and how you handled it. Let us know on our Twitter page @UKMums.TV!

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