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Bosses 'discriminate against women planning to start families'

Bosses 'discriminate against women planning to start families'
The majority of bosses in the UK discriminate against female job applicants that they know intend to start a family, according to new research.

Figures produced by the Employment Law Advisory Services (ELAS) suggest that over three-quarters of managers questioned reported they would not take on a woman recruit if they were aware she intended to become pregnant within six months of starting a job.

Indeed, some of those questioned were found to ask candidates during interviews if they plan to begin a family, a practice which is banned under sex discrimination law.

It was also found that 52 per cent of managers admitted they weighed up the chances of a candidate getting pregnant, taking into account factors such as a woman's age and whether she has just got married.

Commenting on the findings, Julie Morris, a partner in the employment department at Russell Jones & Walker said: "These statistics are shocking and show just how prevalent this type of sex discrimination still is, and how acceptable it is deemed by many employers to be.

"Claims by those discriminated against upon recruitment have been rare, owing to the fact that there is often a lack of evidence available. However, these statistics show the need for individuals to come forward and to speak out where they think that they have been refused employment because of their future family plans."

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