A new survey has suggested that just 44 per cent of British workers believe their employers adequately encourage staff to return to work after having a baby.
In news that could have implications for maternity-related employment claims, the poll, carried out by job site Monster, asked employees whether their workplaces did enough to get new mothers back to work.
More than a third replied "not at all, they would rather have someone without commitments," while 20 per cent voted for the "not really" option.
The results follow news, reported by the Evening Gazette last month, of one council being sued by an ex-employee who claimed she was subjected to intimidation and bullying after returning to work following sickness and maternity leave.
"Our poll demonstrates that, despite legislation, there is still a feeling among workers that new mothers do not receive the support in coming back to work that they deserve from their employers," commented Julian Acquari, managing director of Monster UK and Ireland.