Pregnant Then Screwed protects, supports and promotes the rights of mothers who suffer the effects of systemic, cultural, and institutional discrimination through our various schemes and activities, including: A free legal advice service, a website where women post their stories of discrimination anonymously, lobbying the Government for legislative change, and a mentor scheme that supports women who are considering legal action against their employer.
* Government legislation is completely outdated and does not effectively protect working mothers
* 54,000 women lose their jobs for getting pregnant and 390,000 working mums experience negative and potentially discriminatory treatment at work each year. These numbers have doubled in a decade. Far from improving the situation for working mums is rapidly deteriorating
* Pregnant women and new mums have limited access to justice, demonstrated by the fact that less than 1% of victims take legal action against a discriminatory employer
* Discrimination tends to have a negative impact on a woman’s confidence and mental health. This often has a long term impact on their career and sometimes this has a negative impact on their relationship with their child and partner
* The legal process is incredibly confusing and stressful and pregnant women and new mums are very vulnerable
* Motherhood is a major contributor to the gender pay gap with the gap for young women and men being almost non existent, but the gap widens consistently for 12 years after the first child is born, by which point women receive 33% less pay per hour than men.
To tackle the root causes of motherhood discrimination and promote the rights of women we:
* Document the stories of working mothers to expose this nuanced and systemic problem
* Campaign for legislative change which will reduce discrimination and help to create gender parity both in the home and the workplace
* Talk publicly about the benefits of companies protecting pregnant women and mothers
To protect and support women we:
* Offer a free legal advice service
* Run a mentor programme which pairs women who have previously taken legal action against an employer with women who are considering legal action against their employer.
* Give women a safe, public platform to document their experiences. This is a cathartic process for the victims and offers solace to other working mothers.
Due to popular demand, Pregnant Then Screwed now also exists in the US and Spain.
Here is what some of our supporters say:
Despite it being illegal to discriminate against pregnant women and those on maternity leave, it is clear that the problem is huge and many working mums feel unable to tackle discriminatory behaviour. Pregnant Then Screwed cares deeply about working mums, it offers them a platform to tell their story, an opportunity to get free advice and friendship and support for those going through an Employment Tribunal. If we want women to be enabled to have both children and a career then we need organisations like Pregnant Then Screwed
PTS is a much needed organisation. It’s a disgrace that 77% of mums receive some sort of discrimination on their return to work after maternity leave. Documenting experiences, supporting and advising mums at this critical stage in their careers is a vital service that should not need to exist, but unfortunately it does. Massive respect to Joeli for starting the Pregnant Then Screwed campaign, please support her and the PTS team’s work to make this much needed change happen.
Dr Sue Black OBE
Joeli and the team at “Pregnant then screwed” are a formidable force for social justice , exposing the blatant discrimination that thousands of pregnant women workers still face day to day.
Angela Rayner MP
54000 women a year are forced from their jobs when they become pregnant. Pregnant Then Screwed provides the stories behind these statistics and shows how complex and devastating maternity discrimination is. At the Fawcett Society we work towards equal rights for women – something that will not be achieved until maternity discrimination is ended. Despite being illegal too many women still experience this unacceptable discrimination but may not even know it is illegal or be too scared or exhausted to fight. Pregnant then Screwed aims to help these women by advising them, mentoring them and bringing their stories to the government and media. There are too few organisations out there to help women at such a vulnerable time, it is fantastic that PTS exists as part of the fight to end the motherhood penalty
Sam Smethers, CEO Fawcett Society
The shocking rise in maternity discrimination over the past decade has been compounded by tribunal fees introduced by the last Conservative-led government that mean women can’t get justice. They can’t afford the £1200 it costs to take a discrimination case to a tribunal. As long as a small group of unscrupulous employers know they can get away with it, women will continue to face maternity discrimination.
I’m delighted PTS is supporting women who’ve been discriminated against to take their case to tribunal. These brave and determined women aren’t just fighting for themselves, they’re fighting for every pregnant woman or new mum who faces discrimination in her workplace.
You can support this project by following @pregnantscrewed on Twitter, by telling your friends and networks about us, or by posting a story.
Pregnant Then Screwed in the media:
The London Economic: Pregnant Then Screwed
One Chic Mom: Pregnant Then Screwed?
Victoria Derbyshire show: Pregnant Then Screwed
Lifeshifter: Exposing systemic pregnancy discrimination at work
Telegraph: Pregnant then screwed over by work
Working Mums: Pregnant Then Screwed
Radio 4: Woman’s Hour
Radio 5 Live: The Phil William’s show
Working Families: A pregnant question for new ministers
Huffington Post: Don’t make excuses, Pregnancy and maternity discrimination must stop
Marie Claire: 1 in 10 women have been forced out of their jobs
The Fawcett Society: The Pregnant Pause in job security
Mother Pukka: Totally Screwed
If you have any comments about this project, would like to add a link to the ‘Get Help’ section, or would like to tell me anything at all that you do not want to be posted, then email: Iwas@pregnantthenscrewed.com
You can also follow the project on Twitter @pregnantscrewed