Protect Pregnant Women in the Workplace

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Protect pregnant women in employment by closing the manipulation loophole.

Despite over 40 years of legislation to protect pregnant women at work many still face discrimination and even unfair dismissal in the workplace.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (the EHRC) survey highlights a persistent negative attitude towards pregnant women by employers. However, what is more worrying is that there is a loophole in the law that enables employers to get away with this discrimination.

Employers can exploit that loophole and dismiss a pregnant woman (unfairly) and there is nothing that they can do about it.

That loophole is the manipulation loophole. The most recent case law that gave legal backing to manipulation is Royal Mail v Jhuti 2017.

What this means is that, as long as the Decision Maker is ignorant of the fact that the female employee is pregnant, then the dismissal is said to be fair.

This is irrespective of the fact that the Decision Maker has been manipulated.

So, companies are able to hire an external Decision Maker and manipulate the performance of the pregnant woman and get away with it.

This has to stop!

The law was created to protect against discrimination. It is wrong that companies are exploiting a loophole to directly discriminate against pregnant women.

By signing this petition, you will not only protect pregnant women from this unfair treatment, but you will also help to protect others in the workplace with protected characteristics (e.g. race, religion and sexual orientation). This discrimination needs to stop - help to make it happen.