Hidden maternity discrimination in confidentiality clauses

13 October 2017

A report for the BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme claims that the scale of women who suffer from maternity discrimination is effectively 'hidden' by confidentiality clauses in Settlement Agreements. Rather than pursuing litigation, the report suggests that some women are accepting offers from their employers which leave them unable to discuss how they have been treated due to confidentiality clauses.

A 2015 report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission asserted that, of the more than 3,000 mothers who took part, around one in nine felt they had suffered discrimination because of their status, being dismissed, made compulsorily redundant or treated poorly and forced to leave their jobs.

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