18 July 2017
Maternity discrimination remains an issue
A new study has revealed that only 12% of women take the full year's maternity leave entitled to them, with many fearing for the future of their job.
The survey of 2,000 women suggests that almost half of the respondents are ultimately unhappy with how they were treated by their employer.
An alarming 42% believe the attitudes displayed towards them changed after they announced their pregnancy.
Thousands of working mothers cut short their allotted leave over fears that extending their time off will put their role and reputation in jeopardy. It seems pressure from management and the threat of role changes and even redundancy are having a serious impact.
Women reported experiencing inappropriate behaviour from colleagues, and one woman described how she was denied extra help because it was "her fault for getting pregnant", while others were criticised for taking "free" time off.
The employment law study found that almost one in five women regularly took calls and checked emails relating to work and 17% went into their workplace on average once a week, during their maternity leave.
Any employee experiencing discrimination at work is encouraged to speak to a professional lawyer, who can assess each situation and offer advice on next steps.