Sahota v Home Office 2009 UKEAT/0342/09

The case concerned the extent to which discrimination may be regarded as discrimination on the ground of sex or pregnancy for an employee who is receiving IVF treatment. The protection against dismissal for absences caused by pregnancy can only be extended to a woman absent because they have reached the stage in IVF treatment where there has been a transfer of the in-vitro fertilised ova into the uterus.

An employee dismissed on the grounds of absence before that could amount to discrimination on the grounds of sex and not on the grounds of pregnancy.