Can an employer reject a pregnant job applicant on grounds such as health and safety, the applicant's initial inability to take up the post and any cost implications therein?

Under s.18 of the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful to treat a woman unfavourably because of pregnancy. Therefore, rejection for employment for any reason related to pregnancy will constitute unlawful discrimination. For this reason, employers must disregard the fact that the job applicant is pregnant when making the selection decision.