The judgment was made after an NHS boss ‘nodded’ towards a personal assistant’s stomach and questioned what her “future plans” were.

The NHS worker was also asked by a colleague if she had informed managers she would not be returning after maternity leave – even though she had never said what her intentions were, a hearing in Watford was told.

The tribunal ruled the manager’s comment was based on a ‘stereotypical assumption about new mothers not returning to work’.

Therefore employers need to be extremely careful in their approach to pregnant workers – call Elcons advice line on 01422 822842 to assist you and keep you safe in this very complicated area!