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Sex discrimination 'prevalent in UK'

Sex discrimination 'prevalent in UK'

Many women in the UK believe they have been the victims of workplace discrimination as a result of being pregnant or having a child, new research suggests.

According to a study of more than 1,000 female workers conducted by TipTopJob.com, up to 70 per cent of respondents complained of such discrimination, HRZone.co.uk reports.

Commenting on the findings, Corinne Dauncey, careers expert at TipTopJob.com, said: "Under current legislation, workers should not be passed over for promotion, have their pay docked or be sacked purely because they are pregnant."

She went on to call for those who feel they have experienced unfair treatment to register their concerns with their employer.

The expert goes on to advise complainants to put their grievances in writing, as well as to keep a diary and log of relevant email communications.

In other employment law news, John Taylor, chief executive of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, recently advised that, as a result of a proposed new code of practice for disciplinary and grievance procedures, employment tribunals may be able to adjust compensation awards by up to 25 per cent.