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Citizens Advice hopes to see government proposals on maternity discrimination “become law as soon as possible”

24 January 2019

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today has announced proposals to protect more parents at work from discrimination. 

Citizens Advice has helped over 10,000 people in the past year with maternity discrimination  and parental rights issues. 

Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:

“No one should have their job security put in jeopardy because they have taken maternity or parental leave they are legally entitled to. 

“We help thousands of parents each year with problems around returning to work, including those who fear being made redundant, having their hours reduced or role changed. 

“We hope to see these proposals become law as soon as possible, so more parents are protected from discrimination in the workplace after they take leave.”

Notes to editors

  1. Citizens Advice is made up of the national charity Citizens Advice; the network of independent local Citizens Advice charities across England and Wales; the Citizens Advice consumer service; and the Witness Service.

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