TUC says employers are ?stuck in a time warp?

02 December 2014

Thousands of new mothers are still being “shunned” by employers despite increased legal protection and new flexible working legislation, according to a report.

The TUC said that although the number of tribunal complaints involving pregnant women increased by a fifth during the recession, with more than 9,000 women taking their employers to tribunal, this is merely the “tip of the iceberg”.

The report, The Pregnancy Test: Ending Discrimination at Work for New Mothers, said that many more new mothers could be facing discrimination but the process of taking an employer to tribunal was too expensive since the introduction of fees in 2013.

“It’s enough to put many women off, especially those on statutory maternity pay of just £138 a week,” the TUC said.

According to the report, six in 10 working mums with children either at nursery or primary school work part-time, which can mean a serious drop in earnings when they return to work.