Employment bumps for pregnant

BORDER women who have experienced discrimination based on their pregnancy are being given the opportunity to share their experience as part of a national investigation.

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick will be in Albury on Monday to hear from workers and bosses about pregnancies and employment.

Her review, which has been commissioned by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, is looking at the “prevalence, nature and consequences of discrimination in the workplace related to pregnancy, parental leave and return to work following parental leave”.

Ms Broderick said hearings conducted so far had found most employers were wanting to adhere to the rules but were confused about their exact obligations.

She said women had told of being snubbed for shifts after revealing their pregnancy and men had been teased or bullied for seeking parental leave or altered hours.

The Albury hearing will feature a morning session for women and men who believe they’ve suffered discrimination and an afternoon session for employers on keeping pregnant workers.

Employees and community organisations can register on the web through eventbrite.com/event/9215797699 and enter the password ALBURY, while employers can go to eventbrite.com/event/9217587051 and enter the password ALBURYEC.

Individual interviews are also being conducted for confidential stories.

To confidentially tell your story (in person or over the phone) email pregnancyandwork@humanrights.gov.au.

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