A specialist employment law firm is launching a campaign after warning that tens of thousands new mothers could find themselves forced out of their jobs each year.
Employment law company Castle Associates is set to launch expecting 2016 which will help new mothers, or mothers-to-be via a free helpline to support them during their pregnancy and maternity leave.
Castle Associates is launching expecting 2016 and the free helpline following research1 undertaken by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which suggests around 54,000 new mothers, may be forced out of their jobs in the UK each year.
The survey showed that the majority of employers reported that it was in their interests to support pregnant women and those on maternity leave and they agreed that statutory rights relating to pregnancy and maternity are reasonable and easy to implement. However, the research found that: around one in nine mothers (11 per cent) reported that they were either dismissed; made compulsorily redundant, where others in their workplace were not; or treated so poorly they felt they had to leave their job; if scaled up to the general population this could mean as many as 54,000 mothers a year.
Mark Ferron, managing director at Castle Associates, said: “These results are a real concern for expectant and new mothers – and their families. Should they lose their jobs, the entire family is affected, and so this is why we’re launching expecting 2016.
“Castle Associates’ aim is to end pregnancy and maternity related discrimination at work by providing a free telephone advice service for both employers and employees, who have concerns about workplace rights of pregnant women and women on maternity leave.