1/3 of bosses admit to not hiring women in case they 'start a family soon'
Almost one in three bosses have admitted that they would break the law by rejecting a woman from a job if they suspected she 'might start a family soon'.
A further 37 per cent said that, if the law allowed, they would advertise positions targeted only at men to avoid having to shell out for women's maternity leave.
The research found that more than a third of senior decision makers said they would rather hire a man to get around the issue of offering maternity leave.
14 per cent of all the bosses surveyed admitted they do not do anything to support mothers when coming back to work after being on maternity leave.
501 UK bosses were interviewed for law firm Slater and Gordon. The company claims that the research shows discrimination in British workplaces is "still alive and well".
By law, employers must give 'eligible employees' up to 52 weeks maternity leave, starting up to 11 weeks before the due date of their child.
Employees are expected to take at least two weeks after the birth of their child - double that amount of time if they work in a factory.
Your maternity rights:
If you go on leave to have a baby, or to take care of your newborn child, you have the following rights.
You can take 26 weeks of leave to have a child - you can take longer but you may not be able to return to your original role. Instead, your boss will have to offer you a similar role with the same or better terms and conditions.
You're allowed to go back into the office for up to 10 days during your period of leave. These are known as 'keeping in touch days' so that workers don't feel unfamiliar with their role when they fully return to work.
Your terms and conditions can change - and you're still eligible to pay rises.
You have the right to return to your role at the end of your maternity leave.
You can still be made redundant whilst on maternity - but only if your employer can justify doing so in circumstances like the business closing or your department being made redundant.