Thursday, June 30, 2016

Do you know your rights when it comes to maternity leave? - WOMEN 24

Originally published: June 28, 2016

If you're being treated unfairly because you're expecting, this is what you need to know about your rights.

Some of the most frequently asked questions RSM consulting agency encounters in practice revolve around the rights and protections of pregnant women in the workplace. In the first instalment of this article series, we covered the laws that protect pregnant employees as well as the obligations of a pregnant employee. In this article, we look at discrimination against pregnant employees.

Are there any cases in South Africa where women have been discriminated against for being pregnant?

There are many cases of discrimination against women for being pregnant. Our legislation in regard to pregnancy and related matters is relatively new and so the case law is relevant and up to date with the changing nature of work and the changing role of women in the workplace. Employers on the whole are becoming more understanding of the issues around discrimination against pregnant women and, given the extensive case law on discrimination regarding pregnancy, intended pregnancy and maternity leave.