A shocking case of pregnancy discrimination and bad health and safety
From Maternity Action
A recent call to the Maternity Action advice line came from a woman earning just under £100 per week from a part time job in a bakery. When Laura announced her pregnancy, her employer refused to provide paid time off for antenatal appointments during her regular shifts. She was given early shifts despite her morning sickness and her manager insisted on her carrying heavy trays throughout her pregnancy.
Her employer put pressure on her to start her maternity leave before she – or her doctor – felt this was necessary. When she contacted her employer to return to work, he didn’t return her calls.
She was left in limbo, without a job and without a P45 which would enable her to claim benefits. At one point, she and her baby were living on Child Benefit of £20.30 per week.
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