Maternity Action: Time to put an end to pregnancy discrimination in the workplace

Maternity Action and several organisations have joined together to put an end to pregnancy discrimination in the workplace in a campaign that is using the twitter handle #MaternityRights.

The alliance have formed an action plan and are calling on the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, Margot James, to take action to end discrimination against pregnant mothers.

You can view the action plan here.

The campaign was produced after the Equality and Human Rights Commission released a report which showed a massive increased in maternity and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. It showed that 77% of pregnant women and new mothers experience some form of discrimination at work compared to 2005 where it was only 45%.

ECHR also found out that each year 54,000 women lose their jobs as a result of pregnancy discrimination.

The Alliance for Maternity Rights consists of Maternity Action, Family and Childcare Trust, NCT, Prospect,  The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, The Royal College of Midwives, TUC,  UNISON, Unite the Union, Working Families and YESS Law.

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