One in seven women are made redundant after maternity leave amid growing levels of discrimination, a new study has found.
One in 10 women surveyed said they were replaced by their maternity leave cover while one in seven were overlooked for a promotion.
More than half of women subjected to discrimination "suffered in silence", some in fear that it would damage their career, according to the survey of 1,000 women carried out by law firm Slater & Gordon.
Campaign group Maternity Action said the number of new mothers seeking advice over discrimination had doubled every year for the last three years since the economic downturn.
Rosalind Bragg, director of Maternity Action, said: "In 2005 research found 30,000 women each year lost their job as a result of unlawful pregnancy discrimination.