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Did you have an agreement or contract with the agency and is this work provided on a self employed basis? Please can you also tell me how long you have been doing the work for? Thank you
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Many thanks for your patience. It is possible for you to potentially claim pregnancy discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, even if you are not an employee. Many types of workers are covered, such as agency workers and some self employed contractors.
The issue here is whether you were treated detrimentally due to your pregnancy or medical conditions arising from your pregnancy. For this to happen the employer must have had knowledge of your pregnancy or that the conditions you were off with were linked to your pregnancy. If they had no knowledge you cannot really accuse them of discrimination.
In the first instance you should raise this issue with them directly and state that by stopping you from working they have discriminated against you because of your pregnancy, which is contrary to the protection you get under the Equality Act 2010. Ask them to reconsider their decision and to offer you your job back. If they fail then you can consider taking this further by making a discrimination claim against them
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