Here’s another one to file under ‘how depressing’… a new survey has revealed that almost one in three bosses wouldn’t hire a female applicant in case they become pregnant soon.
This form of employment discrimination is illegal, of course, but that hasn’t stopped senior executives from passing over women during the recruitment process. Indeed, some 15 per cent of bosses have anonymously admitted to breaking this particular law.
The new research of 501 bosses, carried out by law firm Slater and Gordon, also revealed that one in four bosses has rejected or would reject a woman, simply because she was a single parent. And a further 29 per cent said they have discounted or would discount a woman for a job role because she had young children, with 28 per cent saying they have or would because she was recently engaged or married.
Shockingly 37 per cent of bosses admitted they would advertise positions for men only if the law allowed, with 40 per cent saying they perceived men as being more committed to their jo needs to take place before women feel they are not penalised for wanting both a career.
The research shows the female workforce is still facing significant levels of discrimination when it comes to trying to build a career and become a mother. More than a third of senior decision makers said they would rather hire a man to get around the issue of offering maternity leave. Sadly, 14 percent of all the bosses surveyed admitted they do not do anything to support mothers when coming back to work, after being on maternity leave.
TOP TIPS: What should I do if I think this is happening to me?
- Understand your rights and speak to a legal expert as soon as possible
- Be aware of the time limit ‐ you must bring all legal action within three months of the discrimination
- Write down the key dates and witnesses of the incident