Amy Shaw is not only pregnant but she is an employment lawyer at DC Solicitors in Hampshire. She gets weekly enquiries into pregnancy and maternity discrimination claims and what the process is. Amy lives by a few steps in which she goes through before letting her claimant take in to the tribunal.
Here’s some advice for women who are thinking of making a discrimination claim for Amy Shaw.
I talked to Jessica Chivers, the author of Mothers Work!, about the motherhood penalty and how she helps women return back to work. She believes that flexible working is the way forward, not just mothers but for people in general. She believes if we extend the time limit on Shared Parental Leave and let women work from home at least one day a week this could change the playing field. Here’s a segment of my interview with her.
I am excited to be interviewing the founder of Pregnant then Screwed, Joeli Brearley, this week to talk about her project and her own personal experiences with discrimination.
Pregnant then Screwed is a place for women to report their discrimination anonymously and get free legal advice from a helpline. The project highlights the on-going mistreatment of pregnant women and mothers in the workplace and the amount of women who are speaking out against it.
The volunteers of the group has one mission and that is to eliminate pregnancy and maternity discrimination.
Joeli was made redundant in 2011 when she told her main client about her pregnancy news and without any further communication she was sacked.
I will be discussing her mistreatment whilst also finding out more about the Pregnant then Screwed project and how it has opened up a dialogue into the struggles of being a mother in the workplace.
My next interview will be with Amy Shaw, an employment lawyer from Southampton, who will be talking to me about maternity discrimination and the procedures of discrimination tribunals.
She works at the DC Employment Solicitors firm in Southampton and loves being an employment lawyer.
She is pregnant herself so she can give me her personal view on maternity discrimination and if she has fears for the future for working mums.
In a couple of weeks, I will be interviewing coaching psychologist and author Jessica Chivers.
She is the author of the bestselling book ‘Mothers Work!’, which helps women make a smooth return back to work. The mother of two wrote the book after she became a mother in 2006.
I will be asking her about her book and how she helps women with their transition back into work after having children. She has 13 years of experience as a coaching psychologist making her interview a great addition to my documentary.
She has appeared on the BBC and on several radio stations as an expert. I will be able to talk to her in depth about women’s pay and childcare costs as she has been interviewed about these subjects for other organisations.
Next week, I will be interviewing CEO Kate Beal about her career and having children. She is the CEO of Woodcut Productions, based in Eastleigh.
I will be asking her questions about how she became the CEO of the production company and how she struggled with having children at the same time.
I will go further and ask if she has had any obstacles that have affected her career or if she has faced any discrimination in the past due to having children.
Keep looking on the blog for a snippet of the interview next week.