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Maria Miller, Minister for Women and Equalities, said she is "determined" to tackle the workplace discrimination of pregnant women and new mothers.
The EHRC's new inquiry into the issue is costing a £1 million and follows more than 9,000 pregnancy discrimination claims brought against UK employers since 2007, The Independent reported.
A maternity equality charity said unlawful treatment of new mother is "widespread" in the workplace.
Rosalind Bragg, director of charity Maternity Action, called for "urgent action".
Pregnant women can experience prejudice while they're on maternity leave, or on their return to work, according to anecdotal evidence gathered by the EHRC.
Launching a new research project, EHRC head Mark Hammond vowed to uncover the extent of the problem.
A review to examine pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace has been launched by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which said bias against pregnant women or those returning to work after maternity leave "needs to be tackled".
EHRC head Mark Hammond said it is "very concerning" that women in modern society are discriminated against at work because they choose to have children.
Experts will investigate employers' practices towards workers who are pregnant or on maternity leave, and these employees' experiences.
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