Stronger rights considered for new and expectant mothers

Extra legal protection for new and expectant mothers who feel they are being forced out of their jobs is being considered by the government.

A consultation will be launched “in due course” on strengthening the existing law against such discrimination.

The move is in response to last August’s recommendations from MPs on the Women and Equalities Committee.

However, the government will not give such women extra time to take their cases to an employment tribunal.

Business Minister Margot James said: “There should be zero tolerance of discrimination against pregnant women, or women who have just given birth.

“That’s why today we are committing to making sure new and expectant mothers have sufficient protections from redundancy.”

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Source: BBC News Retrieved 27 January 2017, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38746498