Three in four new mothers have a negative or possibly discriminatory experience during their pregnancy or maternity leave, or on return to work, according to a 2016 report by the Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Now, Maria Miller MP, is introducing a Pregnancy & Maternity (Redundancy Protection) Bill which would replace the inadequate legal protection against redundancy for pregnant women and new mothers with a new framework under which such women can be made redundant only in very limited circumstances.
Following a recommendation from the Women and Equalities Select Committee, the Government committed to strengthen redundancy protections for pregnant women and new mothers. The Government has yet to make any changes to the law on redundancy, more than two years after they committed to do so, so Maria’s bill is critical to put these recommendations into law.
Maternity Action, along with the Fawcett Society, Pregnant Then Screwed, and the Royal College of Midwives, is calling on the Government to support Maria Miller’s bill and ensure its rapid passage through Parliament before the Summer recess in three weeks’ time. Add your voice by writing to your MP to ask them to support the Bill on 8 July. It takes a few minutes using Maternity Action’s e-action tool to let your MP know that there is a constituency that wants this change for working women.