‘I was forced from my job for giving birth’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Around one in nine of the more than 3,000 moms interrogated had lost their jobs

The scale of maternity discrimination is being veiled because of the use of gagging orders when women who have lost their jobs settle out of court, experts have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

“My boss said if I’m not going back to project, then I’d have to pay back all the maternity payment.”

“Emma” – not her real identify – was working as a beautician when she became pregnant.

She did not realise at the time that her boss’s petition was against the law.

She was called into the shop and told by the owner she would no longer be needed at the company.