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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
How long have you worked for your employer?
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Many thanks for your patience. It is indeed possible for the employer to place you on furlough rather than suspend you on medical grounds. However, what they should avoid doing is placing you on furlough specifically because you are pregnant and for example they are trying to avoid paying you full pay which they would have to on suspension. If they are placing all employees on furlough though and you join everyone else, then it is unlikely there would be pregnancy discrimination as everyone is being treated the same. But if they are selective with who goes on furlough and they appear to be specifically targeting you with a view to treat you detrimentally, then it may amount to pregnancy discrimination and be unlawful.
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That will be very difficult to prove. The more you are being treated like everyone else, the less likely it would be that you an prove it was discrimination. Often there is no concrete evidence though and it is a case of using whatever you have available which backs up your argument and then hoping it goes in your favour. Does this clarify things a bit more for you?
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