There has been an alarming increase in the number of pregnant women and new mothers who are being made redundant. It appears that some employers are using the recession as an excuse to break the law on discrimination. The Government is failing to collect information on whether there has been an increase in pregnancy related redundancies, and there has been little attempt to ensure that employers comply with the law. A group of agencies has formed the Alliance Against Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace in order to monitor the situation, provide advice, and campaign. Those agencies which have helplines, or provide legal advice, have clear evidence of pregnancy related redundancies occurring and this document contains various figures and examples.
The document calls on the Government to send a strong message to business that it is illegal to discriminate against a woman at work because she is pregnant or on maternity leave, and that recession and redundancies are not an excuse to break the law. It also asks readers to take action by either signing a petition; writing to an MP; or joining an organisation.