Support for pregnant women who have been discriminated by their employer
A website has been set up to offer advice and support to pregnant women who have found themselves victim of workplace discrimination – particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pregnant Then Screwed offers pregnant women free legal advice, access to a mentoring scheme and help find job opportunities which offer flexibility so they can fit motherhood around work.
According to the site, 54,000 women are pushed out of their jobs every year due to pregnancy or maternity leave – with 77% of working mums encountering negative or discriminatory treatment in the workplace.
In light of COVID-19, Pregnant Then Screwed are encouraging women to sign a petition to guarantee the income of caregivers whilst schools are closed, and write a letter to their MP asking them to call for increased support for vulnerable families that will suffer as a result of schools and childcare facilities having to shut their doors for the foreseeable future.
On the website, you’ll also find information on the site about your rights during the pandemic, and a guide to the government’s Job Retention Scheme – which outlines what you can expect if your employer takes the decision to furlough you for a period of time. There’s also a wealth of general advice and guidance to help you stay safe and well as the situation unfolds, and a list of mental health resources so you can keep your wellbeing in check.
If you’re pregnant and believe you’re experiencing discrimination in the workplace and would like to seek legal advice, call 0161 930 5300. Lines are open between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday. For issues relating specifically to COVID-19, call their dedicated helpline on 0161 222 9879.