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Pregnant pause for new mothers' job hopes

By Jonathan Owen

Women feel sidelined after returning to work from maternity leave, as employers place them on the so-called 'mummy track' career path with little chance of advancement, according to new research.

Millions of new mothers believe they are denied work opportunities and forced to prove themselves after re-entering employment.

Three-quarters of those polled reported their employer had been less interested in their career after they became a mother, while two thirds (63 per cent) felt their boss had a negative perception of working mothers. Nearly half said they were made to feel guilty for taking maternity leave and six in 10 felt their career options were limited as soon as they said they were pregnant.

The research into the experiences of more than 2,000 working mothers was commissioned by law firm Slater & Gordon, which represents hundreds of women fighting maternity discrimination across the country each year.

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