Pregnancy and breastfeeding discrimination is when you have been treated unfairly because you are pregnant, breastfeeding or expressing milk. It’s also against the law to be treated unfairly because you’re the relative, friend or colleague of a person who is pregnant, breastfeeding or expressing milk.
Indirect discrimination is also against the law. This is when there is a rule or requirement that is the same for everyone but unfairly affects people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding discrimination is against the law in certain public places, including:
Employers must treat pregnant employees the same way that other employees are treated. It is against the law for an employer to:
You are entitled to maternity leave if you have worked with the same employer for 12 months.
Employers should provide you with support to breastfeed and express milk in the workplace. Your employer should try to provide you with appropriate facilities and work breaks to breastfeed and express milk.
If you are unsure if you have experienced discrimination or if you need more information, you can contact our enquiry service.
If you feel you have been discriminated against, you can try speaking to the person or organisation directly to express how you feel if you are comfortable to do so. If this isn’t appropriate, you can contact us to make a complaint of discrimination.
If you are treated unfairly because you have made a complaint of discrimination or because you have provided evidence or information about a complaint, this is known as victimisation and is also against the law.
Contact our enquiry service.