Pregnancy and RTW discrimination submission
Australian Human Rights Commission; AHRI Submission on 'Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review'
There is a range of perspectives in the detailed findings of the survey that constitutes this submission. They look at matters through the dual prisms of parental expectations and organisational requirements. Accordingly, while a third of respondents (34%) want legislation strengthened to better protect employees from discrimination, around the same proportion (35%) believes the laws should require parents returning from leave to be more reasonable when negotiating return-to-work arrangements.
The instances reported by respondents of offending behaviour by managers cover a wide range of types that include discrimination in recruitment, promotion, training, transfers and dismissals. The qualitative data is particularly revealing about some of these matters, and many respondents express in strong terms their feelings about what they have witnessed.