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Pregnancy and Maternity

There are nine characteristics protected under the Equality Act 2010.  Pregnancy and Maternity is one of these characteristics.  

Pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby. Maternity refers to the period after the birth, and is linked to maternity leave in the employment context. In the non-work context, protection against maternity discrimination is for 26 weeks after giving birth, and this includes treating a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding.




Pregnancy and maternity discrimination research findings | Equality and Human Rights Commission ( 

Research findings from 2018 investigating the prevalence and nature of pregnancy discrimination and disadvantage in the workplace and a YouGov survey with some worrying examples of employers’ attitudes towards pregnancy and maternity.


Help and support for employees | Equality and Human Rights Commission ( 

Understanding your rights if you are expecting a baby.


Video case studies | Equality and Human Rights Commission ( 

A selection of real life employer case studies, highlighting the business benefits of retaining talented mothers in the workplace.

Pregnancy discrimination - Maternity Action 

This page contains information on: Pregnancy discrimination, Time off for antenatal care, Health and safety during pregnancy, Sick leave during pregnancy, How to resolve disputes at work, Benefits if you are expecting a new baby, Where to go for more help.


This is a useful best practice document from The Equality and Human Rights Commssion at