According to new research, an increasing number of working mothers are being turned down for jobs by employers who are worried that they won’t work hard or fall pregnant again…
If you’re a mum struggling with job-hunting, then suspicious bosses could be the reason why you’re not climbing up the career ladder. A study of 10,000 employers by business services firm Regus has found that over a third of bosses are concerned that mothers will not work as hard as others and will be less flexible about working hours because of family commitments.
Although two thirds of women with children under five work either full or part-time, many bosses are refusing to employ other working mums – even though they are breaking the law.. The research revealed that 31% of employers are uneasy about hiring mothers for fear that they will fall pregnant again, leaving the company a worker down and facing a bill for maternity leave.
Alongside this, 17% of bosses believe that women who have taken time out of work to raise a family are likely to be out of touch with the challenges and pressures that come with a job.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, Regus director Celia Donne said: “It is not surprising to see prejudiced attitudes come back into play with economic belt-tightening. Some businesses are evidently still guilty of applying old-fashioned misgivings."
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