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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The Motherhood Penalty: facts and figures

At the moment, I am in the middle of editing the documentary and I’m adding all the my interviews that I have so far into a rough cut.

Here are some interesting statistics that I found in reports from the Equality and Human Rights Commission and AAT. 

I decided to create a little infographic with all the important facts and figures relating to the motherhood penalty.


#WorkingForward campaign

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have launched the new campaign, Working Forward, that will make sure that the workplace is the best they can be for pregnant women and new mothers.

The drive is led by British businesses that are trying to point the industry in the right direction regarding pregnancy and maternity rights.

Reports showed that 84% of business said they supported pregnant women and those on maternity leave, which compares to the 77% of mothers who told the Equality and Human Rights Commission that they had a negative or discriminatory experience at work.

The Royal Mail, Barclays, BT and HSBC have supported the campaign to make the best workplace for pregnant women and new mothers. You can see the progress on the EHRC website or follow #WorkingForward hashtag on Twitter.