Equality Laws Working against Young Women

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), October 24, 2007 | Go to article overview

Equality Laws Working against Young Women


A quarter of all directors in Wales (24%) avoid hiring women of child-bearing age, new research shows. Research from TakeLegalAdvice.com - the law firm search and comparison site - examines the way in which government regulation is received in UK boardrooms. The report reveals a worrying picture of senior management struggling to keep up with a constant barrage of legislation, thereby resulting in widespread employment discrimination against women.

New laws on maternity leave were highlighted as having the reverse effect of what they were intended to achieve.

As a direct result of the rules governing maternity leave, directors in Wales, and their counterparts in the North East are least likely to hire women of child-bearing age than any of their counterparts in the UK - citing the legal risk of being caught out by constant changes in rules in this area as the main reason for their discrimination.

Four in ten directors in the North East (43%), and three in ten directors in the wider North-East, Yorkshire and Humberside region (32.5%), openly admitted to deciding against employing women who fit into this category.

They are almost twice as likely to shun female employees of child-bearing age than directors operating in the East & East Midlands (17.5%) or in London and the South East (18.5%).

Directors operating in the South West of England and in Northern Ireland are the most willing to hire women of child-bearing age. Here, just over one in ten directors (16% and 13% respectively) admitted to actively discriminating against women of child-bearing age. …

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