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Parental & Family Friendly Employment Rights

Starting a family should be an exciting time. But it can be stressful if your employer doesn’t support you as they should, or if they discriminate against you because of this choice.

Our employment solicitors can advise you on your legal and contractual rights, and can also help you if you’ve been bullied, harassed or discriminated against.

What Can We Help With?

Understanding Your Rights

Your employer has to give you certain maternity, paternity and adoption rights by law. In addition, they may offer extra rights in your employment contract.

We can advise you of your rights regarding maternity, paternity and shared parental leave (where you can flexibly share your combined paternity and maternity leave).

Our lawyers can also help you make flexible working requests following the birth or adoption of your child (for both mothers and fathers). We’ll guide you through this process, and can negotiate flexible working terms with your employer.

Discrimination & Harassment Claims

Sadly many women and men still experience unfair treatment because they are starting a family, or have child care commitments.

Pregnancy is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010, meaning that it is illegal to discriminate against you because of pregnancy.

If you’ve suffered discrimination or harassment because you are pregnant or a parent, we can help. We regularly work with senior executives and professionals who:

  • Didn’t get a job because they were pregnant or have children
  • Have been bullied or harassed
  • Weren’t allowed to return to your job following maternity leave on the same terms
  • Were unfairly passed over for a promotion
  • Were denied a flexible working request without good reason
  • Were dismissed or made redundant.

Often a dispute can be resolved with your employer directly, following their own grievance procedures or via negotiation. However, if necessary we will support you through the Employment Tribunal process.

Who Can We Help?

We help mothers, fathers, guardians and adoptive parents with a range of employment law issues.

Family life is so important, and senior employees shouldn’t have to give up their rights because of their position. Our lawyers can help:

  • Employees
  • Senior executives
  • Directors
  • Partners
  • Board members
  • Professionals
  • Consultants
  • Doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Why Choose Us?

We understand how intimidating it can be if your employer is treating you unfairly. Our lawyers regularly act against big corporations and know exactly how to enforce your rights.

But at the same time it’s important to protect your relationship with your employer, so we take care to handle tough negotiations sensitively.

We have a large team of solicitors who specialise in protecting parental employment rights. We’re recognised by the independent legal guides, Chambers and Legal 500, as experts in this area. So whether you need advice on your rights, or help defending them, we’re ready to help.

Contact Us

If you’d like advice about your employment rights, our lawyers can help. Call us on 0207 650 3999 or contact us online.

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Parental & Family Friendly Employment Rights - More Information
    • What parental and family friendly rights do you have?
    • You have legal rights for maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay – which your employer must abide by (providing you’re eligible – see gov.uk for more information).

      Pregnant women and mothers are also protected from discrimination and harassment under the Equality Act 2010.

      Your employment contract may give you additional rights (enhanced maternity pay for instance).

      If you’re eligible, you may also have the right to request flexible working arrangements – which your employer must consider.

      Our specialist team can help you understand your rights in this area. Call us free on 0207 650 3999 for a consultation with one of our experts.

    • What Payment Options Are Available?
    • There are a number of ways you can pay for your legal work:

      • Hourly rate – this is how most of our cases are funded. You only pay for the time you use.
      • Agreed fixed fees – in more complex cases it might be more cost effective for us to agree a fixed fee for your work.
      • Legal expenses insurance – this is legal cover that’s often a bolt-on to home insurance. It’s worth seeing if you have this as it may cover some or all of your legal fees.
      • Trade union membership – if you’re a member of a union, they might have something in place that pays your legal fees if you have an employment dispute.
      • Your employer – in some instances your employer may pay some of your costs (this can be the case if you are negotiating a settlement agreement).
      • Third party funding – this is where someone who isn’t directly involved in your case agrees to pay your costs.
      • Crowd funding – it may be possible to crowd fund your case using the CrowdJustice website (particularly if it’s of public interest).

      We can review your options in an initial meeting and let you know how to best pay for your case.

      It’s best to have any relevant membership/insurance documents to hand, as they will help us to understand any cover you already have.

    • Where Are We Based?
    • Our employment lawyers are based in major cities across the country, so we can help wherever you are.

      We offer an initial consultation, either over the phone or in person, where we can discuss your case.

      Call us on 0207 650 3999 or contact us online today to find out how we can help you.

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