Friday, January 20, 2017

Pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace and why it’s bad for business… - CAMBRIDGE NETWORK

Originally published: January 18, 2017

Today there is a lot of talk in the news and on social media about pregnancy discrimination in the work place – it’s a hot topic!

What do the EHRC & BIS reports say?

The harsh reality is that 54,000 women a year in the workplace are discriminated against during their pregnancy and maternity periods, according to the latest report published by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The report provides both findings and recommendations on pregnancy discrimination. So in reality if you don’t take the right approach, it really can damage your business.

Interesting report findings

  • One in nine mothers (11%) reported that they felt forced to leave their job
  • One in five mothers (20%) said they experienced harassment or negative comments related to pregnancy employer/colleagues
  • One in 25 mothers (4%) left their jobs because of risks not being addressed
  • One in ten (10%) mothers were discouraged from attending antenatal appointments