We all know that pregnancy and maternity discrimination exists in the workplace; plenty of us have had the misfortune to experience it first hand.
But the latest figures from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) suggest that young mums are considerably more likely to be discriminated against at work due to pregnancy or maternity matters.
Sky News reports:
Women aged under 25 are six times more likely than average women to be dismissed from their jobs after telling employers they are pregnant, new figures show. Research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) showed that 6% in the younger age group reported that they were dismissed after revealing that they were expecting a child compared to 1% among expectant mothers of all ages.
SIX TIMES more likely? Jeepers. Obviously this new data is particularly concerning, given that young mums are also more likely to be in junior or trainee roles and may lack job security.
Consequently, the EHRC has launched a digital campaign called #PowertotheBump to inform young expectant and new mothers about their rights at work and support them in standing up for them.
The campaign will include blogs from young mothers, twitter chats with parenting groups and an online quiz for mums to promote the help and advice available for young mothers on the #PowertotheBump web pages.
The #PowertotheBump top tips for young mothers are:
- Talk to your boss early
- Use your right to reasonable time off for antenatal appointments
- Plan your maternity leave early
- Always talk to your employer about health and safety to make sure your work environment is risk and stress free
- Reduce your stress
Additionally, you can contact Pregnant Then Screwed on 0161 930 5300 for free legal advice relating to pregnancy and maternity discrimination.
We'd like to hear your thoughts on this. Were you treated differently at work on account of being pregnant or on maternity leave? What tips would you give a mum who feels she is being subjected to pregnancy or maternity discrimination?