Pregnancy and employment: A literature review

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/305190
Title:
Pregnancy and employment: A literature review
Authors:
Russell, Helen; Banks, Joanne
Publisher:
HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme, Equality Authority
Issue Date:
May-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/305190
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
This literature review forms part of a major new research study on women’s experiences in the workplace during and after pregnancy, commissioned by the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme and the Equality Authority. In addition to this review the research involved a study of pregnancy discrimination cases in the Equality Tribunal and Labour Court, 1999 – 2008 (Banks & Russell, 2011) and a nationwide survey of 2,300 working mothers (Russell, Watson, Banks, forthcoming). The broad objective of the research project was to investigate the influence of pregnancy and childbirth on women’s employment experiences, including an assessment of pregnancy-related discrimination in Ireland, and how these experiences are shaped by organisational factors and women’s attitudes and characteristics. While there is a very substantial literature on the impact of childbearing on women’s employment careers and on the transitions back into work, these studies focus on the period after childbirth and rarely focus on pregnancy. Instead there is a rather separate literature on pregnancy in the workplace, which deals with the health consequences of employment during pregnancy, pregnancy discrimination and maternity rights. In this literature review we bring together evidence from both these sources to consider how pregnancy and maternity is experienced in the workplace and to understand the immediate and longer term outcomes of pregnancy and childbirth on women’s employment.
Keywords:
PREGNANCY; EMPLOYMENT
ISBN:
9781905199273

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorRussell, Helenen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBanks, Joanneen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-11T12:46:27Z-
dc.date.available2013-11-11T12:46:27Z-
dc.date.issued2011-05-
dc.identifier.isbn9781905199273-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/305190-
dc.descriptionThis literature review forms part of a major new research study on women’s experiences in the workplace during and after pregnancy, commissioned by the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme and the Equality Authority. In addition to this review the research involved a study of pregnancy discrimination cases in the Equality Tribunal and Labour Court, 1999 – 2008 (Banks & Russell, 2011) and a nationwide survey of 2,300 working mothers (Russell, Watson, Banks, forthcoming). The broad objective of the research project was to investigate the influence of pregnancy and childbirth on women’s employment experiences, including an assessment of pregnancy-related discrimination in Ireland, and how these experiences are shaped by organisational factors and women’s attitudes and characteristics. While there is a very substantial literature on the impact of childbearing on women’s employment careers and on the transitions back into work, these studies focus on the period after childbirth and rarely focus on pregnancy. Instead there is a rather separate literature on pregnancy in the workplace, which deals with the health consequences of employment during pregnancy, pregnancy discrimination and maternity rights. In this literature review we bring together evidence from both these sources to consider how pregnancy and maternity is experienced in the workplace and to understand the immediate and longer term outcomes of pregnancy and childbirth on women’s employment.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherHSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme, Equality Authorityen_GB
dc.subjectPREGNANCYen_GB
dc.subjectEMPLOYMENTen_GB
dc.titlePregnancy and employment: A literature reviewen_GB
dc.typeReporten
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