Senior Partnerships Adviser
New resources released by the Australian Human Rights Commission set out to tackle widespread discrimination faced by pregnant women and parents at work.
Developed in response to the Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review – which found one in two mothers and a quarter of fathers experienced workplace discrimination – the resources will provide invaluable support to employers who have always wanted to do the right thing but are lacking the right tools and advice.
“What the National Review found was that one in two mothers and a quarter of the fathers surveyed reported experiencing discrimination at work during pregnancy, parental leave or return to work. These forms of discrimination have a negative impact on individuals, families and the national economy,” said Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick.
Ms Broderick says eradicating this kind of discrimination must start with ensuring employers and employees understand their legal obligations and entitlements, which is why the Commission has invested in these easy-to-use and informative resources.
“The website will be added to over the coming months with further information including a compilation of leading practices and strategies being implemented in workplaces around the country to retain and support talented women and working parents,” said Ms Broderick.
The resources can be accessed from the Supporting Working Parents website.