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Pregnancy and Maternity

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

You may also be interested in:

Staff Networks - including Working Parents Staff Network

Taskforces and SIC - including Gender Task Force

Training, Guidance, and Resources

Charters - including Athena SWAN (gender equality Charter)

Gender Initiatives