Live updates

Advertisement

Labour: Maternity discrimination 'cause for alarm'

The growing number of people asking for advice on pregnancy and maternity issues is "cause for alarm", according to the Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities.

Citizens Advice revealed that there had been a 25 percent increase in people seeking advice such issues in the past year, with many women saying their hours had been cut or that they were forced out of their jobs.

Labour MP and shadow women and equalities minister Kate Green criticised the government for failing "to put measures in places to protect mothers in the workplace."

Citizens Advice said there has been a 25% increase in people seeking advice on pregnancy and maternity issues in the past year. Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire

She urged the government to outline its strategy to tackle this issue of discrimination against new and expectant mothers.

The 25 per cent increase in the number of people asking for advice on pregnancy and maternity issues in the past year is cause for alarm.

Under this Tory government it now costs up to £1200 to bring a maternity discrimination claim to an employment tribunal which has seen fewer than one per cent of women experiencing maternity discrimination now bringing forward a claim.

The government must urgently outline its strategy to tackling this issue and reverse the alarming increase in levels of maternity discrimination on its watch.

– Kate Green, shadow minister for women and equalities

Advertisement

Load more updates