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When can the protected period end after a pregnancy?
For those who are not entitled to maternity leave, the protection is from the beginning of pregnancy until two weeks after the end of the pregnancy. This is called the protected period.
What does the Equality Act 2010 say about pregnancy maternity and paternity rights?
The law which says you mustn't be discriminated against is called the Equality Act 2010. Discrimination which is against the Equality Act is unlawful. Pregnancy and maternity discrimination is when you're treated unfairly because you're pregnant, breastfeeding or because you've recently given birth.
Is pregnancy covered under the Equality Act?
The law relating to pregnancy and maternity discrimination is governed by the Equality Act 2010. The Equality Act 2010 specifically protects women against direct discrimination and victimisation because of the protected characteristic of pregnancy and maternity.
What type of discrimination is pregnancy?
Pregnancy discrimination is a type of employment discrimination that occurs when expectant women are fired, not hired, or otherwise discriminated against due to their pregnancy or intention to become pregnant.
Can you be discriminated against for being pregnant?
As long as a pregnant woman is able to perform the major functions of her job, not hiring or firing her because she is pregnant is against the law. All are forms of pregnancy discrimination, and all are illegal. Women are protected under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
What should your employer do when you are pregnant?
Change your conditions. Your employer should change your working conditions to remove any risks. Give you different work. Let you stay at home.
Is pregnancy a protected characteristic?
Protected Characteristics. The Equality Act covers the same groups that were protected by existing equality legislation age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity. These are now called `protected characteristics´.
Is being pregnant a protected characteristic?
Women who are pregnant or on maternity leave have an additional level of protection in the workplace, as pregnancy and maternity is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act. This means that employers are not allowed to discriminate against women because they are pregnant or on maternity leave.
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