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Unfair Dismissal: Pregnancy

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 3647, tabled on 17 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an estimate of the number of (a) pregnant women and (b) new mothers who have been unfairly dismissed in each of the last three years.

Answered on

25 May 2022

Employment Tribunal (ET) statistics report the number of complaints received under the ‘Suffer a detriment and/or dismissal on grounds of pregnancy, child birth or maternity’ jurisdiction for each year back to 2013 and is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunal-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2021

This data represents all complaints that were received by the ET. Note this jurisdiction captures complainants who reported they suffered a detriment but not necessarily a dismissal, it is not possible to separate these cases due to the way the data is recorded.