Paternity discrimination at work solicitors

In England and Wales you have the right to paternity leave if you are a father or partner of someone who is pregnant.

If you've been discriminated against at work because of your paternity, our employment law solicitors can help.

What are my paternity rights?

In England and Wales you have the right to two weeks paternity leave, which should be paid at the statutory rate, and an additional paternity leave of up to 26 weeks, if you are a father (natural or adoptive) or partner of someone expecting a baby.

If your partner returns to work six months after her maternity leave, they can transfer the remainder of the six months to you, the father or partner, before your child’s first birthday.

Unfortunately, many employers are not aware of the full range of rights available to new fathers, so an employer may be committing paternity discrimination in a workplace without being aware of it.

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How much is statutory paternity pay?

If you were working for your employer when your partner became pregnant, you should qualify for paternity leave.

As of April 2018, statutory paternity pay is calculated at £145.18 per week or 90% of your weekly earnings if this is lower.

Whilst on paternity leave you are entitled to all the benefits you would normally receive if you were working. If you are currently on paternity leave and this has not been the case, you may be a victim of paternity discrimination.

Requesting flexible working time from an employer

You have the right to ask your employer for flexible working hours when you return to work after your paternity leave. However, the granting of those hours is not automatic.

Adoption and paternity leave

The law around paternity leave in adoption cases can be complex – each case is different. If you believe that you have been treated unfavourably by an employer because of your paternity rights, talk to us. We can help you.

Funding your employment law claim

We provide fixed fee employment law services. We can provide a 1 hour consultation with an employment solicitor for £240 (including VAT) or a comprehensive claims report for £450 (including VAT).

We also offer hourly rate services for more complex employment claims and funding through legal expenses insurance (LEI).

Find out more about our fees and how to fund your employment law claim.

Making a discrimination at work claim

To make a discrimination claim, it must relate to a protected characteristic and early conciliation must be started within 3 months, less one day, of the discrimination taking place. If this criteria hasn't been met, the tribunal is unlikely to have the power to hear your case and we’ll be unable to help with your case at this time.

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