Hearing stories over the last few weeks and watching the news this morning really brought home how big a problem this is and that it's growing rather than reducing.
If you have had a problem like this either when you've announced to your employer that you are pregnant or while you are on maternity leave or even newly back at work after the birth of your baby please seek advice. New mums need to know their rights so as not to be disadvantaged in the workplace. We have an expert Employment Law Team on hand to to help.
The Women and Equalities Committee is calling for a German-style system, where it is harder to make women redundant during and after pregnancy. The number of expectant and new mothers forced to leave their jobs has almost doubled to 54,000 since 2005, it said. The government said it would consider the recommendations carefully. In Germany, from the beginning of pregnancy until four months following childbirth, employers can only dismiss an employee in very rare cases - such as the company going bust - and it needs government approval to do so.