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14th February 2019

Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination

44% of business leaders said they had passed up on female candidates who were not pregnant but were concerned these women were likely to fall pregnant in the future.

Research conducted by Worksome, has found that a quarter of male business leaders and 21% of female business leaders have admitted to rejecting female candidates for jobs who ‘appear’ to be of maternity age – even when they’re the right person for the role.

Key findings from the study found that:

  • 23% of respondents said they rejected women even though they were the right candidate for the job
  • 21% said they had rejected female candidates because their business couldn’t handle the prospect of women coming in and out of maternity leave
  • An additional 8% admitted to openly asking female candidates if they plan to have any children in the future