Number of new and expectant mothers forced to leave jobs has doubled
The Women and Equalities Committee is calling for improved pregnancy and maternity protections as its new report reveals that the number of new and expectant mothers forced to leave their jobs has almost doubled since 2005.
The Women and Equalities Committee report recommends that UK women be given protections similar to those in Germany where from the beginning of pregnancy until four months following childbirth, employers can only dismiss in very rare circumstances and need government approval to do so.
The Report also recommends:
- a substantial reduction in the £1,200 fee for women taking pregnancy-related claims to the employment tribunal;
The Government has said that it will respond to the report “in due course”.
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