Women and Equalities Committee report on workplace pregnancy discrimination and Government response

The Women and Equalities Committee published its report on Pregnancy and maternity discrimination in August 2016, calling for UK women to have protections similar to those in Germany after a “shocking” increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination over the past decade.

In January 2017 the Government responded to the report. Margot James MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, said: “Treating pregnant women and working mothers fairly is not only good for families and society as a whole: it makes good business sense and is important for economic growth. Attracting, recruiting and retaining working mothers contributes to the success of any business and should be a priority for all employers.”

Background information:
In March 2016, the Women and Equalities Select Committee launched an inquiry to ask why pregnancy and maternity discrimination has worsened over the past decade.

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