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Pregnant women face discrimination

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As many as 70% of women complain of discrimination in the workplace because they are pregnant or already have a child.

These are the shocking findings of online job portal TipTopJob.com, which surveyed over 1,000 women, and found that many have either experienced discrimination at work, or feel that they have missed out on a new job because they are expecting a child.

Corinne Dauncey, careers expert at TipTopJob.com, said: “Under current legislation, workers should not be passed over for promotion, have their pay docked or be sacked purely because they are pregnant. If, for example, a pregnant woman is sacked after being late for work due to a bout of morning sickness, she could claim discrimination.

“If you feel as though you are being discriminated against because you are either expecting or have recently had a child, then you should talk with your employer about your grievance. Hopefully, you will be able to sort things out without having to go to an employment tribunal.”

Dauncey advises complainants to put their case in writing and to keep a diary and log of emails.

HRZone.co.uk recently reported on a similar survey claiming that 76% of bosses would not take on a new recruit if they knew they were going to fall pregnant within six months of starting.

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