Are schools discriminating against pregnant teachers?

One former teacher has told Tes how she quit her job following what she felt was an unfair disciplinary warning from her school during her pregnancy.

The former secondary school English teacher, 34, from Essex, said: “A few months after I came back to work, I had a day off sick, and I was pulled in the next day and told my absence record over the past three years had been really bad, so I told them they were counting my pregnancy absence and that they weren’t allowed to do that. I was so angry.”

The Maternity Teacher/Paternity Teacher support and campaign group said: “An investigation into maternity discrimination in schools – which would include forced early starts to maternity leave, unfair pay and conditions related to maternity sickness, or discriminatory comments or actions based on pregnancy-related health – would be a hugely powerful way for the Department for Education to better understand how this demographic is being affected by pregnancy-related prejudices or misinformation.”

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Have you been discriminated against whilst pregnant? Have you complained or left because of it? Should be DfE be looking into this further? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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