Maternity leave, here I come

The Equal Opportunities Commission recently found that one million pregnant women in the UK will face discrimination at work within the next five years, reports Reuters.
As we already know that 30,000 pregnant women lose their job every year, 200,000 (almost half of all pregnant women) face some sort of discrimination, including bullying, sacking and demoting. What’s worse is that seven out of ten of these women don’t even report it.
The EOC has called to the government to supply a written standard of maternity rights of pregnant women and their employers.
Crazy shit. What disturbs me is trying to imagine what bullying a pregnant woman entails.

and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.

One Comment

  1. stephen
    Posted July 1, 2005 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    It entails, amongst other things, managers’ and other employees’ expressions of resentment when they are required to cover work during maternity leave – ‘guilt tripping’.

Feministing In Your Inbox

Sign up for our Newsletter to stay in touch with Feministing
and receive regular updates and exclusive content.

158 queries. 0.629 seconds