The publication of a damning report into workplace discrimination has inspired a number of MPs and campaigners to call upon the Government to take action.
The news comes after the Women and Equalities Select Committee released the results of a comprehensive study into the matter on Wednesday, which highlighted a “shocking and unacceptable” rise in discrimination against women – and particularly expectant mothers.
Studies found that 77 per cent of pregnant women and new mothers in the UK had found themselves subject to workplace discrimination.
A further 25 per cent of British female workers said that they had been forced to leave their jobs due to employer failures to meet health and safety concerns relating to maternity and pregnancy.
Elizabeth Duff, of the National Childbirth Trust, said: “Women in the 21st century should never fear making the choice between having a career and a family. Action to address this mistreatment is long overdue.”
Women and Equalities Select Committee chair, Maria Miller, added: “There are now record numbers of women in work in the UK. The economy will suffer unless employers modernise their workplace practices to ensure effective support and protection for expectant and new mums.
“The Government’s approach has lacked urgency and bite,” she added.
Rosalind Bragg, the director of Maternity Action, said that the Government must “reverse the increase in discrimination” in the workplace as soon as possible.