10 September 2007
Pregnant women still suffer workplace prejudice
Tens of thousands of British women lose their jobs each year after falling pregnant, it has been revealed.
According to a new book Collapsing Careers, some 30,000 women are either sacked, made redundant or have to leave their jobs annually in the face of pregnancy discrimination.
Meanwhile, others are forced to take lower-paid jobs since employers are not adaptable to their requirements.
Joanna Grigg, the author of the book, told the Guardian: "I don't feel it's getting better at work in quite the way that younger women might assume it is.
"We are raising girls to believe that they can have it all, and at the moment the workplaces are not delivering the changes. A lot of offices are still quite archaic in their attitudes, and they need to be dragged into the 21st century," she added.
Ms Grigg also claims that British women are subject to the largest pay gap in Europe, with a 17 per cent pay discrepancy between male and female full-time workers. and a 38 per cent gap between them for part-time workers.