Business owner Katie Hopkins said it was vital to cut back the "red tape" of maternity legislation for small businesses, and that women are starting to "legislate themselves out of the workplace."
In the studio with Katie O'Donovan from Mumsnet to discuss the discrimination reported by a quarter of working mothers, she said:
"I think what you hear out there on the market from small businesses is that given the choice between a man or a woman, would I take on a women? No I would not. I think women are starting to legislate themselves out of the workplace. "
We asked subscribers on the ITV News Facebook page their thoughts new research that found at least 25 percent of working mothers feel discriminated against in the work place while pregnant or after returning to their job.
Myrisha Connelly said: "This happened to me when I was expecting my child, and that was over 11 years ago."
Moises Sanchez said: "It's a stupid workaholic culture... leaving family behind... Companies and government need to stop being greedy...."
"My immediate bosses has been so supportive since I returned to work after my first child was born. Now I am pregnant again, they are great", Fiona Emslie said.
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One in five mothers returning to work in the UK after maternity leave feel they need to “prove themselves” to their bosses, despite already working for their employers for some time, a new report found.
The data, put together by law firm Slater & Gordon, found more than one in four women felt discriminated against in the work place after having a child.
Despite the equality legislation in place, attitudes and working practices continue to block women in achieving their career aspirations in the UK.
This report shows that there are still negative perceptions of women with children and this kind of attitude is short-sighted and bad for business.
Anecdotally, we hear of mothers complaining about being put on a "mummy track" when back at work, and this research illustrates that this is a real experience for many women.