Pregnancy or maternity

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  • Maternity rights: Pregnancy dismissal protection applies after expiry of maternity leave

    Date:
    15 April 1998
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Caledonia Bureau Investment & Property v Caffrey, the EAT holds that the automatically unfair dismissal provision which protects a woman against dismissal for a reason "connected with her pregnancy" is not limited to dismissals occurring during the period of pregnancy and maternity leave.

  • Sex discrimination: No special protection for sickness absence after maternity leave

    Date:
    1 December 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Handels- og Kontorfunktionaerernes Forbund i Danmark (acting on behalf of Larsson) v Dansk Handel & Service (acting on behalf of Føtex Supermarket A/S), the European Court of Justice rules that it is not necessarily unlawful sex discrimination contrary to the EC Equal Treatment Directive to dismiss a woman after her maternity leave has ended because of absences due to a pregnancy-related illness, even where that illness arose during pregnancy and continued during and after the period of maternity leave.

  • Sex discrimination: Discriminatory refusal to transfer pregnant ferry worker

    Date:
    15 September 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Iske v P & O European Ferries (Dover) Ltd, the EAT holds that a seagoing ferry stewardess suffered direct sex discrimination when her employer refused to transfer her to work on shore after the 28th week of her pregnancy, from which point she was prohibited from working at sea under statutory Regulations.

  • Maternity rights: Employment continued after expiry of maternity leave

    Date:
    1 August 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Lewis Woolf Griptight Ltd v Corfield the EAT upholds an industrial tribunal's decision that a woman's employment was terminated by dismissal, rather than by operation of statute, when because of illness she was unable to return to work four weeks after the notified date of her return from maternity leave, and her employer told her that it was neither required nor prepared to hold her job open for her.

  • Sex discrimination: Request to work part time sets time limit running

    Date:
    15 January 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    A woman who asked her employer if she could change from full-time to part-time work when she returned from maternity leave was time-barred from complaining that the refusal of this request was discriminatory on the ground of her sex, because the three-month period for presenting her complaint started to run from the first refusal before she went on maternity leave, holds the EAT in Cast v Croydon College.

  • Equal pay: Pregnancy exclusion did not amount to sex discrimination

    Date:
    1 November 1996
    Type:
    Law reports

    An employee who was on maternity leave when her employment was terminated because of her employer's insolvency was not entitled to receive from the Secretary of State a sum equal to the pay in lieu of notice she would have received from her employer on dismissal, holds the Court of Appeal in Clark v Secretary of State for Employment.

  • Sex discrimination: Dismissal was causally related to pregnancy

    Date:
    15 August 1996
    Type:
    Law reports

    The dismissal of a religious education teacher after it became publicly known that she was pregnant by a Roman Catholic priest was on the ground of her pregnancy, and therefore of her sex, holds the EAT in O'Neill v Governors of St Thomas More RCVA Upper School and another.

  • Sex discrimination: Pregnancy discrimination after Webb

    Date:
    15 June 1996
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Rees v Apollo Watch Repairs plc, the EAT holds that an employer unlawfully discriminated against a new mother on grounds of her sex by dismissing her when she was on maternity leave.

  • Sex discrimination: Assessing compensation in pregnancy dismissal cases

    Date:
    15 June 1996
    Type:
    Law reports

    A 100% assessment of the chances that a woman discharged from the armed forces on grounds of pregnancy would have resumed her career, had she been given maternity leave and an opportunity to return, is unusual and exceptional but not in itself "perverse", holds the EAT in Ministry of Defence v Hunt and others.

  • Sex discrimination: Award of £750 for injury to feelings upheld

    Date:
    1 May 1996
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Orlando v Didcot Power Station Sports & Social Club, the EAT holds that an industrial tribunal's award of £750 for injury to feelings to a part-time employee, who was dismissed because she was pregnant, could not be faulted.

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HR and legal information and guidance relating to pregnancy or maternity discrimination under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975.