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.

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