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New mums report increased discrimination

New mums report increased discrimination

Since 2005, the number of expectant and new mothers forced to leave their jobs has nearly doubled to 54,000 says a report from the Government’s Women and Equalities Committee.

As part of the report, the Committee has recommended the UK adopt a German-style system under which new and expectant mothers can only be made redundant in specified circumstances (for example by seeking a court order or where the company suffers severe financial difficulties leading to multiple redundancies).

The report has also suggested, amongst its other recommendations, that there should be a “substantial reduction” in the tribunal fees for bringing a pregnancy-related discrimination claim and that the three month time limit for such a claim should be doubled to six months.

Business Minister Margot James said: “It is completely unacceptable that pregnant women and new mothers are apparently being forced to quit their jobs because of outdated attitudes.

“Tackling this issue is a key priority of mine and this government and I would like to thank the committee for its important work. We will consider its recommendations carefully and respond in due course.”