Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Tell Boss at Last Minute That You Are Pregnant'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Tell Boss at Last Minute That You Are Pregnant'

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Byline: Miranda Bryant

TWO-THIRDS of mothers in London would advise women colleagues to refrain from telling their bosses they are pregnant until the last minute, a survey published today reveals.

It also says that 28 per cent of mothers in the capital who have returned to work claim they have been discriminated against either before or after the birth of their child.

More than half said the attitudes of colleagues and bosses towards them changed after they became pregnant.

The survey also shows how motherhood can put the brake on a woman's career ladder, with more than 50 per cent saying they were overlooked for promotion and over 30 per cent have seen morejunior employees progress faster at work. Other complaints by the 432 women questioned by employment law specialists Slater & Gordon included that they felt "left out" at work and that their views were not as highly regarded as those of staff without children.

It comes after the Government came under fire from stay-at-home mothers who will not be entitled to childcare vouchers under a new [pounds sterling]1 billion scheme for working parents. …

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