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Protected Characteristic - Pregnancy And Maternity

Key Points

  • The Sex Discrimination Act 1975, including specifically sections 3A and 6A which concerned maternity leave, is repealed by the Equality Act 2010 (EA 2010).
  • Pregnancy and maternity is a single "protected characteristic" under the EA 2010.
  • S.18 of the Equality Act 2010 applies to pregnancy and maternity in the workplace.
  • New mothers would also seem to be covered by the provisions.

Equality Act 2010


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