By law, women who are pregnant or on maternity leave have the right not to be discriminated against at work, including the right not to be dismissed or suffer any detriment.  They also have the right to paid time off for antenatal appointments, the right to return to their previous job or a comparable job after maternity leave and to decide their date of return, if earlier than 52 weeks.

Compensation for discrimination claims are unlimited, so it is not in any employer’s interest to find themselves liable for a claim.

If, despite these rights, women are still being discriminated against, then the Government needs to address the issue of enforcement including, in particular, Employment Tribunal fees of £1,200 which, judging by the ET statistics, has led to a substantial reduction in claims.  Unless the Government is willing to address this issue, and it seems they are unwilling to do so, then the position is unlikely to change.