Bumpy Ride: Seven in Ten Women Face Pregnancy Discrimination at Work
Pregnancy discrimination at work affects as many as seven out of ten women in the UK, and the Equal Opportunities Commission estimate that one million pregnant women will be treated unfairly at work over the next five years unless the situation changes. Nicola Dandridge, Head of Equality at Thompsons Solicitors, speaking at the recent National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Women’s Conference in June, said that the majority of sex discrimination claims she deals with are linked to pregnancy and childcare. In order to reveal the extent of this problem in the NUJ, the Equality Council has agreed that one of its projects this year will be to issue a survey to all members to see if they have experienced discrimination linked to maternity and childcare. The survey is in the process of being drawn up and should be circulated early in the new year.
If you have suffered discrimination because you are/have been pregnant or because you have problems with childcare, please email your experiences to: firstname.lastname@example.org