Research into the prevalence and nature of pregnancy related discrimination in the workplace


There has been a lot in the media recently about pregnant women and those returning to the workforce being discriminated against in the workplace.


The Herald Sun reported on Wednesday that evidence to the Federal Government’s review of the paid parental leave scheme shows pregnancy discrimination is endemic and has gotten worse in recent years.

JobWatch, the Victorian workers’ legal centre, said it had received about 6000 complaints about pregnancy discrimination in the past decade.

Complaints had doubled in percentage terms in the past 10 years. Continue reading the full article here: Pregnant women denied paid parental leave, review hears.

Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick said: “The number of complaints received by the Commission and Fair Work Australia in these areas indicates that discrimination in relation to pregnancy and return to work after parental leave is a continuing problem in Australia.”

As a result The Australian Human Rights Commission has been asked by the Australian Government to undertake research into the prevalence and nature of discrimination as it relates to women who are pregnant at work and people returning to work after parental leave.

At the conclusion of this research and consultation process, the Commission will prepare a report, including recommendations, that will address: the prevalence of discrimination; adequacy of existing laws; policies, procedures and practices – and best practice approaches; and proposed areas of focus for future activities intended to address any major matters of concern that have arisen during the process.

The Commission will report on the research in May 2014. Continue reading the full article here: Commission to undertake pregnancy and return to work research.

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