UK: 1 in 4 women feel discriminated against while pregnant or after returning to work, survey finds
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Author: Anne Richardson, Guardian (UK)
When I was pregnant, I joined an antenatal group of eight women in south London who worked across a broad spectrum of careers. Two years on, only half of us work – stress and discrimination has driven the others from their jobs...For some of the mothers in my group, the problems started before their babies even arrived...Even those who were not forced out of work have struggled...Workplace obstacles for both pregnant women and those returning to work after maternity leave appear to be growing across all industries, and many barriers stand in the way of women who want to work, but also have a family.
Author: Express & Star
A survey of almost 2,000 UK working mothers found that most didn't bother making a formal complaint about unfair treatment. Half of those polled...said they felt left out or not taken seriously at work after having a child, while two out of five believed younger colleagues with no children were given more support and encouragement. Three out of five said they believed pregnancy was a problem for their workplace and a third found it "impossible" to climb the career ladder after giving birth.