Where a suitably qualified employee who is about to go on maternity leave wishes to apply for an internal vacancy must she be considered for the position even though she may not be able to start the new job for a year?

If a suitably qualified employee who is about to go on maternity leave wishes to apply for a vacancy, she is entitled to be considered for the position even though she may not be able to start for a year. If the reason she was not considered for the post was on the grounds of her imminent maternity leave, this would amount to an act of pregnancy and maternity discrimination.