30.09.23 - Pregnancy & Maternity - National Inclusion Week
National Inclusion Week is 25th September to 1st October.
Pregnancy and maternity discrimination is when you are treated unfavourably (differently) because you are pregnant, breastfeeding or you have given birth, in one of the situations that are covered by the Equality Act.
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.
The treatment could be a one-off action or as a result of a rule or policy. It doesn’t have to be intentional to be unlawful.
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