Pregnancy discrimination: Women advised to keep a diary

Pregnancy discrimination: 'There's often a pattern of treatment that begins', lawyer reveals

54,000 women have been forced to leave their job in the last 10 years

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Employment lawyer Claire Dawson has claimed she is not surprised by a new report claiming discrimination against pregnant women and new mothers has doubled in the last decade.

The report by the Commons Women and Equalities Committee has shown more than one in 10 pregnant women and new mothers were chosen for compulsory redundancy, dismissed or left their job due to poor treatment. 

They also criticised the cost of taking employers to tribunals, which currently stands at £1,200. 

Dawson, from law firm Slater and Gordon, advises those at risk of discrimination to keep a diary. 

"UK law is actually very clear, it prohibits any kind of less favourable treatment because of pregnancy or because a woman has taken maternity leave," she told talkRADIO's morning host Paul Ross.

"For most women who have a child the last thing they want is pursuing a claim in employments tribunal, particularly if they've just had a baby or lost their job.

"I would always advise clients to keep a diary. There's often a pattern of treatment that begins, sometimes even shortly after somebody gets married.

"Unfortunately just based on my experience of advising clients, the findings of this report don't shock me."

Listen to the full interview to find out more