Pregnancy or maternity

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  • Women entitled to sick leave after maternity leave

    Date:
    1 December 1993
    Type:
    Law reports

    In McClenaghan and Rice v British Shoe Corporation Ltd a Belfast industrial tribunal (Chair: E McBride) has held that it was discriminatory not to allow women access to sick leave and sick pay when they were unable to return to work due to illness after the expiry of their statutory maternity leave.

  • Pregnancy discrimination is sex discrimination

    Date:
    1 January 1991
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Dekker v Stichting Vormingscentrum voor Jonge Volwassenen (VJV-Centrum) Plus (8 November 1990), the European Court of Justice, in a historic decision, holds that refusal to employ a woman because she is pregnant or because of the costs associated with employing a pregnant woman is direct discrimination on grounds of sex contrary to the principle of equal treatment embodied in the EEC Equal Treatment Directive.

  • Sex discrimination: Refusal to hire pregnant woman breaches EEC law

    Date:
    21 December 1990
    Type:
    Law reports

    The European Court of Justice has ruled in Dekker v Stichting Vormingscentrum voor Jong Volwassenen (VJV-Centrum) Plus that it is a breach of the EEC "Equal Treatment" Directive for an employer to refuse to recruit a woman because she is pregnant, even if hiring her would have serious financial consequences for the employer.

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