Pregnancy and Maternity is one of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. The Act aims to protect people from direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, and victimisation on the basis of pregnancy and maternity. You can read more about the Equality Act here. On these pages you will find:
If you'd like to learn more about pregnancy and maternity and can't find what you need here, contact us and let us know.
Definition of 'Pregnancy and Maternity' in the Equality Act
In the Equality Act, the protected characteristic of pregnancy and maternity applies to people who are pregnant or expecting a baby and during the period after the birth.
In the Act ‘maternity’ is linked to maternity leave in the employment context, and in the non-work context protection against maternity discrimination is for 26 weeks after giving birth, including treating someone unfavourably because they are breastfeeding.
Sources of Information and Support
- Office for National Statistics - Maternity Statistics.
- Returning Parents Mentoring Scheme.
- Baby Changing Facilities on Campus .
- Expression Rooms on Campus.
- Health, Safety, and Wellbeing Pregnancy and Maternity Guidance - including risk assessments and guidance for the individual and their supervisor(s) or line manager(s).
- Protected Characteristic Factsheets - Pregnancy and Maternity .
- Human Resources:
- Adoption Leave - including policy, procedure, and leave plan.
- Maternity Leave - including policy, leave plan, checklists for employees and managers, Academic Returners Fellowship, and KIT form.
- Parental Leave - including policy, procedure, and forms.
- Paternity Leave - including policy and plan.
- Shared Parental Leave - including policy and declaration forms.
- Your Work/Life Balance and Family Friendly Benefits.
- Mums in Mind.
- Gingerbread - the charity for single parent families
- ACAS - Parental Leave.
- Adoption Central England.
You may also be interested in:
Staff Networks - including Working Parents Staff Network
Taskforces and SIC - including Gender Task Force
Charters - including Athena SWAN (gender equality Charter)
You can find more information about pregnancy and maternity and the law from the following sources: