Despite being against the law, not to mention backward and short-sighted, the stories of workers treated unfairly when they become pregnant or return to work after having a baby continue to be told.
Too many tell of being demoted, having their roles and responsibilities changed without consultation; being retrenched, dismissed or felt obliged to leave their job as a result of their pregnancy, parental leave or upon return to work.
Unions hear these stories all the time, but we need to let decision-makers in government know about them too.
The Australian Human Rights Commission is conducting an inquiry into pregnancy at work and returning to work after parental leave.
The ACTU will be making a submission and in putting it together we want to hear from:
- women about their experiences of being pregnant at work;
- partners about their experiences at work in regard to supporting their pregnant partner; and
- women and men who have taken parental leave and returned to work or tried to return to work after parental leave.
Unions can and do help in all of these situations, but they shouldn’t happen in the first place!
The ACTU and affiliated unions are supporting this inquiry and are collecting real stories of emloyees’ experiences to include in our submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Tell your story using the form below no later than 29 November. All identifying information will remain confidential, but if you are happy to be contacted for further information, please provide your name, address and/or phone number.
If you need help pulling your story together, or if you need advice about your rights at work while pregnant or returning to work after parental leave, phone the Australian Unions Pregnancy and Care Discrimination Hotline on 1300 364 024 during business hours.
Please tell us your story, so unions can drive change for a better life.