Senior Partnerships Adviser
One in two mothers, and one in four fathers, experience discrimination at work as a result of parenthood, a survey has found.
The survey was conducted as part of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s ongoing investigation into the prevalence of discrimination in the workplace related to pregnancy, parental leave and return to work following parental leave. The inquiry, titled Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review, comprises an Australian-wide consultation process and two national surveys.
For women, discrimination was more commonly reported as occurring upon return to work (35%) followed by when requesting or on parental leave (32%), and during pregnancy (27%).
Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick said: “Commonly reported types of discrimination women experienced during pregnancy, or when on parental leave, included reductions in salary, missing out on training, professional development and promotional opportunities.”
As a result of this discrimination, 84% of mothers reported significant negative impacts related to mental health, physical health, career and job opportunities, financial stability and their families.
The full data-set and analysis of the results will be released in mid-2014 together with the final report and recommendations of the review.
Visit the Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review webpage for more details.