Discipline an employee who is pregnant or on maternity leave

Key points

  • Disciplinary action must not be taken for a reason related to pregnancy, childbirth or absence on maternity leave.
  • An employer may take disciplinary action against an employee during pregnancy or maternity leave, so long as it takes care to avoid discrimination and is sure that disciplinary action is appropriate in the circumstances.
  • The employer must follow a fair procedure, including allowing the employee to put their case.

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