The report ‘Pregnancy and maternity-related Discrimination and Disadvantage’ was published by the UK Government Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills today.
1 in 5 women also claimed to have experienced harassment or negative comments related to their pregnancy from their employer or colleagues.
Commenting on the published findings, Chief Executive of the RCM Cathy Warwick said: “It is very disturbing that the rates of discrimination against pregnant women are so high. Discrimination at work can cause stress, anxiety and depression which can potentially have an impact on the health of the woman and her baby.
“Evidence shows that missing antenatal appointments can increase the risk of smaller babies, miscarriages and stillbirth. This is particularly important for women with complex health needs.”
Under Pregnant Employees’ Rights, outlined on the Government’s website, it states that: “Employers must give pregnant employees time off for antenatal care and pay their normal rate for this time off.
“The father or pregnant woman’s partner has the right to unpaid time off work to go to 2 antenatal appointments.”