Maternity Discrimination Compensation Claim

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Maternity Discrimination Compensation Claim

  Did you know you could seek a maternity discrimination compensation claim if you feel you have been unfairly treated by your employer due to your pregnancy?

At Dismissal Solicitors, we understand the importance of safeguarding the rights and well-being of employees during their maternity journey. Unfortunately, maternity discrimination still occurs, which can have significant emotional, financial, and professional consequences for individuals. This article will provide valuable information regarding maternity discrimination compensation claims, empowering you to protect your rights and seek appropriate redress.

Understanding Maternity Discrimination

Maternity discrimination occurs when an employer treats a woman unfavourably because she is pregnant, has recently given birth, or is on maternity leave. It is important to note that such discriminatory actions are unlawful and go against the principles of equality and fairness.

Instances of maternity discrimination can manifest in various forms, including:

  1. Unfair treatment: When an employee gets subjected to less favourable treatment than colleagues due to pregnancy or maternity leave.
  2. Unlawful dismissal: When an employee is unfairly dismissed or made redundant because of pregnancy, maternity leave, or the intention to take maternity leave.
  3. Denial of benefits: Being denied entitlements, such as pay raises, bonuses, or promotion opportunities, due to pregnancy or maternity leave.
  4. Harassment: When an employee is experiencing verbal, physical, or emotional harassment because of pregnancy or maternity leave.
  5. Failure to make reasonable adjustments: Employers fail to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees or those on maternity leave, such as adjusting work schedules or providing appropriate facilities.

Seeking Maternity Discrimination Compensation Claim

If you believe you have been a victim of maternity discrimination, it is essential to understand your rights and the legal avenues available to you. You can pursue a maternity discrimination compensation claim through the Employment Tribunal in the United Kingdom. The process involves the following steps:

Seek Legal Advice on Pregnancy Discrimination 

Before proceeding with a pregnancy discrimination compensation claim, it is advisable to consult with an experienced employment law solicitor or seek advice from a relevant legal service. They can assess your case, provide guidance, and help you understand the strength of your claim.

Acquire Evidence 

Gathering evidence is crucial to support your maternity discrimination claim. Including:

  • Documentation: Retain copies of relevant emails, letters, or documents demonstrating discriminatory treatment or actions.
  • Witnesses: Identify and gather statements from any witnesses who can testify to the discriminatory incidents or practices you experienced.
  • Record Keeping: Maintain a detailed record of discriminatory incidents, dates, times, and the individuals involved.

Lodge a Formal Complaint

Before filing a claim with the Employment Tribunal, you should raise a formal complaint with your employer. Submit your complaint in writing, clearly outlining the discriminatory incidents, the impact on you, and any steps taken to address the issue. Keep a copy of this complaint for your records.

Early Conciliation

In most cases, before proceeding to the Employment Tribunal, you must participate in Early Conciliation through the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS). This process aims to resolve you and your employer without going to court.

Employment Tribunal Claim

If Early Conciliation does not result in a satisfactory resolution or you choose not to engage in the process, you can proceed with filing a claim at the Employment Tribunal. Ensure you meet the specified time limits for submitting your claim, as strict deadlines are in place.

Legal Representation and Hearing

Engage the services of an employment law solicitor to represent you during the Employment Tribunal proceedings. They will guide you through the legal complexities, present your case, and advocate. At the hearing, you can present evidence, call witnesses, and state your case.

Compensation Award

If the Employment Tribunal determines that maternity discrimination has occurred, they may award compensation to address the financial losses, injury to feelings, and other relevant factors resulting from the discrimination. The amount of maternity discrimination compensation will depend on various factors, including the severity and impact of the discrimination.


At Dismissal Solicitors, we are committed to combating maternity discrimination and ensuring all employees get treated fairly and equally. If you have experienced maternity discrimination, it is crucial to understand your rights and take appropriate action. By seeking legal advice, gathering evidence, and pursuing a compensation claim through the Employment Tribunal, you can assert your rights, seek redress, and contribute to eradicating maternity discrimination in the workplace. Remember, you are not alone in this journey, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

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