Over 400 emails submitted to consultation from Organise members
Below is an email written by Joeli Brearley. She’s an Organise member, mum and founder of Pregnant then Screwed. By reaching out to the wider Organise community, she got 400 emails submitted to a government consultation asking for tribunal times for pregnant women to be increased from 3 months, to at least 6 months.
Here’s her email:
The government has launched a consultation on pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work. They're looking at extending the time that mums have to raise a tribunal claim against their employers for discrimination from 3 months to at least 6 months. This would give much more time to women who don't want to raise a claim while pregnant.
So we're writing to the Department for Business (they're the ones running the consultation) to encourage them to do the right thing. There are 2 key points that we need them to hear:
The Tribunal Time Limit must be extended from 3 to (at least) 6 months. The Women and Equalities select committee recommended this 2 years ago - yet the government are trying to wriggle out of it with promises of "further consultations". This is your opportunity to tell them why extending the limit from 3 to at least 6 months is essential, and cannot be delayed.
Tribunals can already allow the 3-month time-limit to be extended for discrimination cases if it is considered "just and equitable" to do so. Unfortunately few new mothers know about this rule. Please tell the Government to update the guidance to reflect this; although it doesn’t replace the need for longer tribunal time-limits.
Please email the Department for Business and make your voice heard now:
We have concerns about the government’s current focus on improving redundancy protections while the most basic problem of tribunal time limits gets kicked into the long grass.
Please take a few minutes to email the government about this today,
Joeli, Founder of Pregnant Then Screwed and the Organise team
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