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What incidents are you specifically referring to?
Hi sorry I was offline by the time you had replied. Under section 18 of the Equality Act , pregnancy and maternity discrimination occurs where an employer treats a woman unfavourably during the ‘protected period’ because of her pregnancy. The protected period starts when the employee becomes pregnant and ends when the additional maternity leave period ends (or when she returns to work, if earlier). So if the official AML period had ended (it lasts for 52 weeks from the start of maternity leave) and it was followed by annual leave attached at the end of it, then you will no longer be in the protected period. Therefore, you cannot claim that you have been discriminated because of pregnancy or maternity but if you can show that you were treated differently to a man in the same position as you then there may be potential sex discrimination.
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This would not be a detriment related to the maternity leave because you were not treated detrimentally whilst on maternity leave, it was whilst you were on annual leave after the maternity leave and that is after the protected period for discrimination purposes.
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