Ruth Cadbury MP is backing a digital campaign to unite young mums in fight against pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work
Ruth said, "If you are under 25 and expecting a baby, or have recently had a baby, this new digital campaign from the Equality and Human Rights Commission is here to help you know your rights at work and give you the confidence to stand up for them.
I was concerned to learn that recent research on pregnancy and maternity discrimination reveals that young mothers are more likely than other mothers of all ages to have negative experiences.
• Six times as many mothers under 25 (6%) reported that they were dismissed at some point between informing their employer of their pregnancy and participating in the survey (1% average).
• Twice as many mothers under 25 (15%) reported feeling under pressure to hand their notice in on becoming pregnant (7% average).
I am therefore pleased to support the #powertothebump campaign to help young mums in Brentford and Isleworth. This campaign will bring people together to share experiences and knowledge, will give you information about your rights at work, and also gives these top tips:
1. Talk to your boss early
2. Understand your right to reasonable time off for antenatal appointments
3. Plan your maternity leave early
4. Always talk to your employers about health and safety to make sure your work environment is risk and stress free
5. Reduce your stress
You can also get more information on the #powertothebump campaign, you can visit the Commission’s website www.equalityhumanrights.com/powertothebump As your local MP, I may also be able to help if you have been personally affected by any of these issues. Please contact my office if you feel that I can be of assistance."