Labour & European Law Review
06 March 2013
Although the law clearly states that it is unlawful discrimination to dismiss or otherwise disadvantage an employee for a reason related to her pregnancy or maternity leave, thousands of pregnant women lose their jobs every year simply for being pregnant.
Employers have a range of obligations once a woman has informed them that she is pregnant, so it’s important that pregnant women (and their union representatives) know what these are and ensure they are fulfilled.
As with many aspects of employment law, the government is making changes to the provision of paternity and parental leave.