Protected Characteristic Pregnancy and Maternity

Pregnancy and maternity are one of the nine protected characteristics identified by the Equality Act 2010.

The protection under the act is in place to prevent unfair treatment and discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy and maternity. This protection includes issues around dismisal at this time, being treated unfairly in relation to contractual benefits in work, protection around entitlements to leave and attendance at antenatal appointments.

Employers need to comply with the Act and ensure policies are in line with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010

To access more information see the resources below.

Agile Nation Factsheet

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Pregnant Employees Rights

Equality Act Guidance for Employers acas