How Do I Prove Maternity Discrimination?
December 19, 2022

Recent research shows that one in five expectant mothers in the UK has experienced discrimination at work.

Discrimination on the basis of maternity is illegal under the Equality Act 2010. Knowing your rights and how to build a case is essential if you face maternity discrimination. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can prove maternity discrimination, including what kind of evidence you need and how to take action.

Maternity discrimination at work is a form of discrimination against women who are pregnant or who have recently given birth. This type of discrimination can take many different forms, including (but not limited to) being passed over for promotions, being offered less favourable assignments, or being treated differently than other employees. Maternity discrimination can also manifest in more subtle ways, such as being excluded from work-related social events.

How To Prove Maternity Discrimination

Gather Evidence Of Discriminatory Behaviour

Look at any emails, performance reviews, or other written communications from your employer. If there are any references to your pregnancy or parental status that are negative or dismissive, these can be used as part of your evidence. Note that you don’t need “written proof” for maternity discrimination. Evidence can be “circumstantial,” which means that it can be based on the circumstances surrounding the event. For example, if you are suddenly demoted or passed over for a promotion after announcing your pregnancy, this could be considered circumstantial evidence of discrimination.

Make A Formal Complaint To Your Employer In Writing

Outline the instances of discrimination and request that the matter is rectified. If your employer doesn’t take action to address the discrimination, you can file a claim with an employment tribunal. This will allow you to have your case heard by a panel of experts, who will then decide whether or not your employer has acted unlawfully. If they find it in your favour, you may be awarded compensation for any losses you have suffered as a result of the discrimination.

Speak To A Solicitor To Get Advice On Your Individual Case

You should speak to a solicitor if you feel you have been the victim of maternity discrimination at work. A solicitor can advise you on your case and whether you have a valid claim. They can also help you gather evidence to support your claim and guide you on what you can do to pursue your claim and protect your rights.

Get In Touch

Feel free to contact Bowsers Solicitors if you want to know more about maternity discrimination or would like to discuss the circumstances of your individual situation.

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