OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - 49% of mothers and pregnant women are discriminated in their workplace

Friday, 1 August 2014

Sidney (Agenzia Fides) - According to a recent report by the Human Rights Commission, 49% of mothers in Australia suffer from discrimination where they work during pregnancy, when they are on maternity leave or when they return to work. As a result, 84% suffer from mental and physical stress. Discrimination affects both young workers and professionals. The Commission examined hundreds of parents, employers and business groups and found many cases of maternity leave denied, canceled contracts, obstacles to their career, demotions and resignations related to motherhood. The Report also showed that 27% of men who benefited from a paternity leave of a month suffered discrimination in their workplace. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 01/08/2014)