Staggering number of new mums forced out of work according to a new report
A new report has been released by the Equality of Human Rights Commission to coincide with its #worksforme awareness initiative to reduce pregnancy and maternity discrimination.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) commissioned a programme of research to investigate the prevalence and nature of pregnancy discrimination and disadvantage in the workplace. The results in the report are based on interviews with 3,034 employers and 3,254 mothers.
The report found that over 54,000 new mothers are forced out of work every year, a shockingly high number. More than one in ten women said they were dismissed, made redundant or treated so badly that had no option but to give up their jobs.
What we say...
Heather Cracknell of Serocor Solutions says: “From personal experience new or working mothers do have challenges in the work place, however within Serocor Group we are really focused on engaging new mums and ensuring our pregnant mums are engaged, treated with respect and encouraged to return to the business.
We have introduced additional policies regarding flexible and variable working. We also introduced a forum called “New Mums Network” so that pregnant mums and those on maternity leave or those just returning to work have a support network available to them. In the past 18 months we have had a 100% success rate of all our mums returning to work.
It does not take much to ensure that individuals are treated with respect and dignity and welcomed back into the workplace”.
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