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Pregnancy and Work Discrimination

Our team of Employment solicitors consists of dedicated specialists and lawyers who deal exclusively with employment law. The team have over 30 years’ experience collectively and have wide, in-depth knowledge of all employment matters and disputes. 

You can be assured Lawson-West’s solicitors keep up to date with the latest legal developments and changes to bring you the best advice.

Lawson-West’s expert employment solicitors and lawyers have significant experience in dealing with pregnancy at work matters.   

At present there is no legal requirement to tell your employer before 15 weeks prior to your baby being due, however it can be advantageous if you work in a manual handling role or one where adjustments may be required, to notify your employer sooner.   

Once your employer is aware of your pregnancy they should carry out a risk assessment to identify any health risks. If any risks are identified, your job should be amended to remove any risk to your health or the health of your unborn baby –for example you may be moved to an alternative department if it is suitable or you could be suspended on full pay if there isn’t a suitable alternative job available. 

When carrying out a risk assessment your employers should consider:

  • Regular rest breaks in order to prevent circulation problems and allow you time to eat;
  • Assistance with any lifting and reducing the need to lift as far as is reasonable;
  • A workstation assessment to ensure that your working environment is suitable;
  • Health and safety requirements, particularly if you are working with any chemicals and substances such as paint, solvents or hair dyes

If you find yourself in a situation where you are struggling with a pregnancy at work matter we can help. Please remember there are strict time limits in Employment claims and you should take good free legal advice as soon as possible.

In addition to No Win No Fee, Lawson-West solicitors act for our clients on a variety of other funding arrangements including Legal Expenses insurance funding. We can assess your case to decide which is the best funding option for you.

With offices in Leicester, Wigston and Market Harborough our employment solicitors and lawyers can discuss your employment law claim at any of our branches. In addition, we are a national provider of expert employment law advice and welcome a free discussion with you regarding your circumstances and potential claim.

If you believe you have a situation where you require free legal advice, please contact us on telephone 0116 212 1000 or 01858 445 480, alternatively fill in the free Contact Us form and we will get in touch as soon as possible.