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Pregnancy Discrimination Growing at Work in U.K.

  • Expectant, new mothers losing jobs surged to 54,000 in 2015
  • Panel says Britain should adopt German-style protections

Pregnant women and new mothers face growing discrimination at work in the U.K., with tens of thousands being forced out of their jobs every year, according to a panel of lawmakers that called on the government to adopt German-style protections.

As many as 54,000 women lost their jobs in 2015, either through being fired, made redundant or being treated “so poorly that they felt they had to leave their job,” Parliament’s cross-party Women and Equalities Committee said in a report published Wednesday. That’s up from 30,000 a decade earlier.