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Employers discriminating against women who may go onto have children

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A YouGov poll for the Young Women’s Trust has revealed that one in 10 (10 per cent) HR managers say they would be reluctant to hire a woman they thought may go on to start a family. While it is illegal to ask women whether they have children or plan to start a family during recruitment, one in […]

Employers ‘failing to grant leave for antenatal appointments’

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Employers are making it difficult for women and their partners to take time out of work to attend vital midwife appointments. That’s according to a survey of 300 UK mums who have given birth in the past five years – carried out private midwifery services specialist Private Midwives and published in its UK Maternity Report. It found that […]

Increase in ‘gagging orders’ for pregnancy related discrimination cases

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Despite parents being protected from unfair treatment during pregnancy and maternity or paternity leave by The Equality Act 2010, many employers may be flouting the law.  According to research from Direct Line Life Insurance, in the last 12 months more than two thirds (71 per cent) of employment law professionals reported an increase in disputes where […]


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Apparently so… Pregnant women on public transport are no longer being offered a seat, with only six in 10 commuters offering their place. A new study of 2,000 regular users of public transport has also found that one in four commuters hadn’t given up their seat for a ‘pregnant’ woman in case she wasn’t actually […]