Pregnant Then Screwed

Pregnant Then Screwed protects, supports and promotes the rights of mothers who suffer the effects of systemic, cultural, and institutional discrimination through our various schemes and activities. Our services include a free legal advice service, a free flexible working hotline, a website where women post their stories of discrimination anonymously, lobbying the government for legislative change, and a mentoring scheme that supports women who are considering legal action against their employer. We launched our website in March 2015 as a place for women to tell their stories of discrimination anonymously and since then we have been fighting to progress the rights of working mothers. 

Pregnant Then Screwed was founded by Joeli Brearley who was sacked by her employer when she was four months pregnant. The experience affected her confidence and mental health, leading to post-natal depression after her first son was born. She set up Pregnant Then Screwed to help other victims of discrimination and to demand recognition, respect and change for working mums. 

 
 
March of the Mummies, Newcastle

March of the Mummies, Newcastle

March of the Mummies

On 31st October 2017, Pregnant Then Screwed organised a demonstration in six cities across the UK to demand five changes to legislation:

  1. Increase the time limit to raise a tribunal claim from three months to at least six months

  2. Require companies to report on how many flexible working requests are made and how many are granted

  3. Give both parents access to six weeks parental leave paid at 90% of salary

  4. Give the self-employed access to statutory shared parental pay

  5. Subsidise childcare from six months old, rather than three years  

 

 
March of the Mummies, Manchester. Photo by Claire Brookes photography.

March of the Mummies, Manchester. Photo by Claire Brookes photography.

 
 
March of the Mummies, London

March of the Mummies, London