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Pregnancy and maternity

Pregnancy and maternity is a protected characteristic under the Act and can be the subject of direct discrimination and victimisation.

The protected period related to the pregnancy begins at the commencement of the pregnancy and ends when your entitlement to statutory maternity leave ends or, if earlier, when you return to work.

It is unlawful for employers to discriminate against an employee or student because she is on compulsory maternity leave or for reasons related to her right to exercise her entitlement to statutory maternity leave.

If you would like any further information on this or any other equality issue please contact the Equality and Diversity Team