Coalition set up to fight pregnancy discrimination.

‘Some of Britain’s leading employers are heading up the fight against pregnancy and maternity discrimination by forming an alliance to support women’s rights.

Businesses including Barclays, Royal Mail, John Lewis and the BT Group have formed a coalition called Working Forward, which aims to champion pregnancy and maternity rights and inspire other organisations to follow suit.

The coalition was set up by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, following its recent research, which found three in four (77%) mothers have had a negative or discriminatory experience at work.

“We can no longer accept women being unfairly treated at work because they are pregnant or on maternity leave,” said David Isaac, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The campaign has the backing of business bodies including the CBI, Institute of Directors (IOD), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Companies who sign up are asked to nominate a gender equality champion at board level to train and support line managers and promote family-friendly policies. 

“Companies that show a real commitment to this are not only doing the right thing, but can also gain a competitive edge,” Isaac continued.’ – Huffington Post


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