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Made redundant while pregnant


To treat a woman unfavourably because of her pregnancy or pregnancy-related illness

If you are made redundant while pregnant or on maternity leave you may have a number of claims:

Unfair dismissal

  • There were no genuine redundancy circumstances,
  • Your employer or organisation did not follow an agreed selection method,
  • The selection guidelines were unfair in themselves or unfairly implemented,
  • There was a failure to consult, negotiate and warn.

Automatic unfair dismissal

  • If you were chosen for redundancy due to pregnancy, maternity, adoption, parental or shared parental leave or for other prohibited reasons such as having taken time off for antenatal or adoption appointments or taking time off for dependants.
  • A suitable alternative vacancy was not offered / (if one ever existed) during pregnancy, maternity, adoption or shared parental leave.

Pregnancy/maternity discrimination

  • You were singled out for redundancy because of pregnancy or maternity leave or other unlawful reasons such as antenatal appointments.
  • Due to pregnancy or maternity leave, you were treated unfavourably. Such as not being consulted while you were on maternity leave.

Other claims

  • Loss of redundancy payment,
  • Loss of notice pay, wrongful dismissal,
  • Other losses e.g. holiday pay,

Pregnant and made redundant, what are my options?

The law says that it is pregnancy discrimination or maternity discrimination to treat a woman unfavourably because of her pregnancy or pregnancy-related illness.

If you think you were treated unfavourably because of your pregnancy, then get in touch. Our employment law specialists will advise you on your options once we have assessed your case. We will further instruct you on how you can claim compensation from your pregnancy discrimination case. Let’s make it right

made redundant while pregnant

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