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Scarlet Harris's Articles

Pregnancy discrimination: Government action is long overdue and misses the point

26 Jan 2017, by in Equality

Today the government published its long overdue response to the Women and Equalities Select Committee report on pregnancy and maternity discrimination. Given that the EHRC estimate that some 54,000 women are forced out of their jobs per year due to pregnancy discrimination, and the Women and Equalities Select Committee published their report in August 2016,…




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The solution to sexist dress codes? Access to justice

25 Jan 2017, by in Equality

Imagine that you’re applying for a mystery job and you’re told that all female applicants must adhere to the following dress code: Heel height normally a minimum of 2 inches and maximum of 4 inches, unless otherwise agreed by the client company. Make-up worn at all times and regularly re-applied, with a minimum of: Light…




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Work dress codes, high heels, and patent sexism

12 May 2016, by in Equality

There are so many problems with the story of Nicola Thorp, the London receptionist who was sent home by her agency, Portico, without pay because she refused to wear high heels, it’s hard to know where to begin. From a health and safety perspective, heels are bad for feet, joints and back. Sorry to be the…




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390,000 women a year are discriminated against in pregnancy yet only 1% take tribunal claim

22 Mar 2016, by in Equality

Today the EHRC published its long awaited report and recommendations on pregnancy discrimination. This follows on from last year’s interim report which found that 54,000 women per year are forced out of their jobs due to pregnancy discrimination. The final report leads with the astounding headline that 77%, the equivalent of 390,000 women, experience negative…




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#Budget2016: Teachers’ pay under attack

16 Mar 2016, by in Public services

The Chancellor’s announcement on academies in today’s budget represents, among other things, a significant attack on national pay bargaining in a sector that is overwhelmingly made up of women workers. The imposition of academy status on schools up and down the country matters to all of us. It matters to kids. It matters to parents. It…




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