Surrogate baby maternity leave case goes to Europe
A woman who became a mother after having a baby through a surrogate mother is taking her employer to the European Court of Justice after she was refused maternity leave.
The woman, whose baby was born last summer, is claiming associative pregnancy discrimination. She was breastfeeding her baby within hours of it being born. She was offered a career break, unpaid leave and an extended holiday, but her employer refused to give her full materinty leave.
Her case has been referred directly to the ECJ to see if it fits with European directives. A ruling is expected later in the year. Currently, there is no provision for surrogate parents in UK law.