Is your employer already amongst the forerunners?

At the best workplaces, combining work and family is part of everyday life. Pregnancy or family leave does not affect access to employment, the length of the employment relationship or benefits. The law also prohibits discrimination on grounds of pregnancy and family leave.

If you want to thank your employer for being family-friendly or encourage them towards family-friendly practices, tell your employer about The forerunner test.

The quick test helps you identify your organisation's strengths and areas for development. The forerunners that do the best in the test receive a Forerunner symbol.

Are you pregnant or about to go on family leave?

Check our website to make sure that you know your rights.

Get to know your rights on Pregnancy discrimination

Having trouble?


If you suspect that you have been discriminated against due to pregnancy or family leave:

  • You can ask for advice and guidance from the Ombudsman for Equality. The guidance is confidential. Call our legal helpline: +358 295 666 842 (Mon-Tue 9-11 and Wed-Thu 13-15). or via email: tasa-arvo(at) You can also contact us anonymously.  Guidance from the Ombudsman for Equality is free.
  • If you are a member of a trade union you should get in touch with the union steward and find out your rights. The trade union membership fee includes the right to legal advice.
  • You can also contact a legal aid council, a lawyer's office or a lawyer. You will usually be charged for legal services. Check if you have the kind of legal expenses insurance which covers your legal expenses.
  • You can also ask for advice from the occupational safety and health authorities (regional state administrative agencies, AVI): +358 295 016 620.