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Pregnancy and Maternity are “Protected Characteristics” under the Equality Act 2010. If you believe that you are being forced to leave your job, or return on less favourable terms as a result of your pregnancy, then you may have a claim for Automatic Unfair Dismissal and Discrimination and Detriment based on Pregnancy and Maternity.
You may lodge a Claim Form ET1 in the Regional Employment Tribunal within three months of the Effective Date of Dismissal or the Discriminatory Act complained of.
It is not inherently unlawful for an employer to make an employee who is pregnant or a new parent redundant. However, they must follow a fair redundancy procedure and select the pregnant/new mother employee for redundancy for reasons other than pregnancy and maternity. In other words, if I was advising your employer, I would be telling them to tread carefully before making you redundant.
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