Pregnancy and maternity is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 and applies to England, Scotland and Wales.
Unlawful discrimination can occur against a student because of her pregnancy or because she has given birth if
It is unlawful discrimination to treat a woman unfavourably because of her pregnancy or a related illness, or because she is exercising, has exercised or is seeking or has sought to exercise her right to maternity leave.
Pregnancy and maternity is included in the public sector duty under the Equality Act 2010 which means we have to have due regard to the need to
In Northern Ireland, pregnancy and maternity is a protected characteristic under the Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 and provides protection against discrimination and harassment. Whilst not explicitly listed as a characteristic to which the public sector duties apply in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (related to promoting equality of opportunity), it is seen in many respects as being covered by the sex equality provisions.