Coronavirus | Pregnant woman told 'keep working' despite advice

Pregnant woman told 'keep working' despite advice

The Government recently added mothers-to-be to the list of those most at risk of contracting coronavirus, along with the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

According to The Daily Mail, officials said that the measures were ‘precautionary’ because it is too early to say whether COVID-19 poses a severe risk to expecting mothers.

Subsequently, pregnant women in the UK have been told to remain at home for 12 weeks.

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Despite this official recommendation from Government officials, a pregnant employee who asked to work remotely for health and safety reasons said that she was ‘shut down’ by her boss.

According to her post, she was told by her manager that “we aren’t doing the contingency plan right now”.

The woman, who took to the Mumsnet forum, explained that as well as being pregnant she has an eight-year-old son to care for and a mother with underlying health problems. She added: “I don’t want to catch anything."

In addition, this post attracted a comment from another pregnant employee who was told to continue working as normal as well, despite the health risks that this could cause.

Writing under the handle @20wedding19, the Mumsnet user said that @anonymoooose’s employer “seems to be actively going against Government policy now”.

@20wedding19 explained that she as now going to have a face-to-face conversation with her employer and "hopes for a better response".

 

Naeema Choudry, an Employment Partner at Eversheds Sutherland explained because pregnant women are being treated as a vulnerable group they should make “particular effort to limit social interaction”.

She said: “For those who are in work, compliance with this guidance will ordinarily require that they stay at home. Employers will, therefore, need to give thought to whether home-working is feasible for their pregnant staff or how their situation can sensibly be managed.

“It is also important to remember that employers have a wider duty of care for the health and safety of their pregnant workers, which extends, where necessary, to their suspension on full pay as a temporary measure."



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