Pregnancy and family responsibilities

Discrimination legislation covers the unfavourable treatment of a woman during the protected period in relation to her pregnancy or illness related to her pregnancy.

Unfavourable treatment includes any discrimination resulting from her asserting her right to take maternity leave, whether it is compulsory, ordinary or additional maternity leave.

The protected period begins when the pregnancy begins and ends at the end of her maternity leave (where she is entitled to ordinary and/or additional maternity leave) or after a period of two weeks after the birth (where she is not entitled to ordinary and/or additional maternity leave.) If unfavourable treatment occurs after the protected period, but which occurs as a result of a decision made within that period, protection will still apply.

Want to learn more? Contact our Pregnancy and Family Responsibilities subject leads:

Alison Broomfield

Associate Consultant
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Alison Broomfield has been an associate consultant since January 2011. She has delivered solutions on gender, young people in employment and Equal Pay and is responsible for the publication of case studies. Alison works with the Government’s Equality Office, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and has supported most employer-led diversity networks. She was invited to become a member of the CIPD’s Senior Diversity Network and the CBI’s Equal Opportunities Forum. Alison is a HR professional with experience in Shell’s oil, shipping, chemicals and facilities management businesses, DAC Beachcroft, NHS Trusts and the finance and fast food sectors. 

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