Calls for help for working mums

More than a quarter of mothers in the UK feel discriminated against at work, according to a new OnePoll survey. Rebecca Raven was dismissed from a Denbigh school just weeks after applying for maternity leave.

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Working mothers feel they have to 'prove themselves'

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.

– Kiran Daurka of Slater & Gordon

'Unacceptable' for women to have to chose between work and family - NCT

A national parents' charity says it's "unacceptable" that women are still still having to chose between having a family and a career.

It is shocking to see so many parents being treated unfairly by their employer. In this day and age it's unacceptable that women still have to choose between having a baby and having a career, yet without proper support from employers, for too many this is the reality.

Forward thinking employers realised long ago that supporting parents increases productivity and avoids the loss of skilled and experienced staff. It's about time the rest of UK business joined the 21st century.

– NCT spokesperson

Calls for more to be done to support working mums

A former Denbighshire teacher say she felt discriminated against by her employers after her contract was terminated just weeks after she applied for maternity leave.

Rebecca Raven was awarded over £30,000 after an employment tribunal found that Howell's School in Denbigh was guilty of unfair dismissal.She says businesses should take on the best person for the job regardless of whether they need to take time off for maternity leave.

More than a quarter of mothers in the UK feel discriminated against at work, according to a new OnePoll survey. A third said they found it impossible to climb the career ladder and just over half said their employer could do more to support working mums.

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