Tackling maternity discrimination

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has announced that it will be conducting research into the prevalence of pregnancy and maternity discrimination in Britain’s workplaces.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that discrimination still exists in these areas, but there is a lack of up to date evidence as the most recent data goes back to 2005.

The Commission proposed the project to the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) as part of a package of measures to address Equality and Human Rights, and Secretary of State Maria Miller has confirmed the funding to support this project.

Mark Hammond, Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:

'It is very concerning that in 2013 a number of women are still being disadvantaged in the workplace just because they are pregnant. That would be unlawful discrimination and needs to be tackled.'

'We will look at existing research, gather new evidence and carry out our expert analysis to establish the extent of the problem and advise on how best it can to be addressed.'

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