With pregnancy discrimination cases rising, flexibility is key to retaining talented women
I was surprised to read earlier this year about the employment tribunal case of trainee Katie Tantum suing her former employer, Travers Smith, for unfair dismissal and pregnancy discrimination. She claims she was not kept on after her training contract because she became pregnant in her final seat. I was surprised not by her allegations, but by the fact that: (1) she actually brought a claim; and (2) it got all the way to a hearing. Cases of pregnancy and maternity discrimination rarely reach the public domain. In fact, according to research carried out by the Equal Opportunities Commission in 2005, only 3% of women suffering this type of discrimination complained to an employment tribunal. Most of these cases will settle pre-hearing.
Travers unfair dismissal case marks rare example of discrimination claim reaching hearing, says Harriet Bowtell
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