Maternity Discrimination Hampering Women Returning To Work

A recent research showed that with the years the number of women who take maternity leave and later find out they cannot return to the position they had left, rises.

Every year about 340,000 use the maternity leave and about 14% of them have problems at their working places when they go back, which often lead to their dismissal.

There are many cases in which such women were forced to move to a position with less responsibility.

Besides some of them feel their employers force them to resign.

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits the maternity discrimination at work. Unfortunately the law was changed and now women have to pay £1,200 in order to take their employees to an employment tribunal accusing them of maternity discrimination.

The legal firm Slater and Gordon conducted a survey among 1,000 mothers and their answers showed that almost a quarter were not well grounded with their maternity rights. A half of them shared their role at work was not the same after returning back from maternity leave.

Labour said maternity rights would be among their priorities at the next year’s elections. The shadow secretary Yvette Cooper spoke against the coalition because according to her they were betraying working mothers.

For the Independent she admitted her party would do everything possible in order to struggle with employers who did not manage to perform their legal responsibilities.

She wrote: “It is illegal to treat staff unfairly while on maternity leave. But most women don’t know the law and don’t feel able to challenge. So experienced and skilled women are pushed out of jobs or lose pay when they feel least able to disagree. That’s bad for the economy too”.