Australia has strong anti-discrimination laws protecting you from discrimination on the basis of pregnancy or potential pregnancy. Australians are protected from pregnancy discrimination in several circumstances, including whilst at work, whilst seeking work, in the provision of goods and services and in an educational institution.
Pregnancy discrimination refers to unfavourable or less favourable treatment because of your pregnancy. You are afforded protection under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth), and various pieces of state Equal Opportunity legislation. Call us today if your have been:
- Bullied because of your pregnancy,
- Subjected to jokes that a colleague at work impregnated you,
- Subjected to critical language or behaviour because of your pregnancy,
- Subjected to performance management immediately after you announced your pregnancy,
- Sacked because your pregnancy,
- Not employed because you are of childbearing age,
- Not promoted because of your pregnancy,
- Denied training opportunities because you are pregnant or you might become pregnant,
- Refused service because of your pregnancy.
Women may face limits on promotion in the workplace because of conscious and subconscious sex bias, and continue to experience sexual harassment on the job despite increased employer awareness of an employer’s obligation to take preventive and corrective action.
In our experience, pregnant women may suffer from discrimination in hiring, promotion, and job performance evaluation because of false assumptions about their ability to work. Women with family responsibilities are disadvantaged by employer insensitivity to the family responsibilities of their employees. Women of colour or of foreign nationality are particularly vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace because they face a combination of racial and gender barriers.
Many people do not realize that they may have a claim, or do not understand what discrimination or harassment means under the relevant legislation. We can advise you, help you prepare a statement, gather evidence and represent you in the relevant Commission to make sure that your voice is heard.
You are entitled to justice and a fair go, under no circumstances do you have to suffer or put up with discrimination in the workplace and other life circumstances. Why should you suffer because of your employer, or their failure to act on your complaints? Many people do not realize that they may be eligible or just not sure as to the merits of their claim. Call now to have a confidential discussion regarding your situation.
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The following are cases that are similar to pregnancy discrimination complaints:
- Edwards v Hillier & Educang Ltd t/as Forest Lake College  QADT 34 (11 August 2006)
- Johnson v Gloria Marshall Figure Salons of Australia  QADT 6 (24 June 1999)
- Hoffman v Jones t/a Classic Images Hair and Beauty Salon  QADT 11 (3 May 2002)
- Bishop v Gedge & Rudd  QADT 17 (5 August 200)
- Irvine and Porter v Mermaids Café and Bar Pty Ltd and Ingall (No 2)  QCAT 482 (27 September 2010
- Du Bois-Hammond v Ariel, Cole and Raging Thunder Pty Ltd  QADT 27 (26 August 2004)
The Commission does not express any opinion on the merits of these complaints.