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.
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.
Now for the BIG question, what is the motherhood penalty?
Sociologists have come up with the term ‘The Motherhood Penalty’ to explain how women encounter discrimination in the workplace in terms of wages, employment, and job promotion.
According to the Fawcett Society, from now until christmas women technically working for free due to the gender pay gap. Women may suffer a per child pay penalty depending on how many children they decide to have.
At the end of last week, I was nervously waiting outside the room until my name was called to come in a present my pitch. I found out that I achieved quite a high grade for the pitch and I was given the go ahead for producing a 7 minute documentary on the motherhood penalty and all aspects of it.
Here you can see my proposal handout for the pitch and what I plan to achieve in my radio documentary project.
Additional comments from the marker:
“Overall, a very good pitch on a project with very clear intentions; very good that you’ve narrowed it down to the financial consequences of giving up or halting a career in the pursuit of motherhood. A potential hazard is that your documentary may become ‘dry’ – you’ll definitely need good case studies to make it compelling.
You eventually answered the question on the need for balance; do not forsake any compelling audio because you can’t get a right of reply from the person or organisation being criticised. Ensure you make the best possible effort to represent fairly a divisive aspect. If you cannot, just let your listeners know that you’ve made the best possible effort.”