Recent reports that women on maternity leave could be forced to reapply for their jobs in the Commonwealth Public Service is concerning given recent research which shows a huge proportion of pregnant women are discriminated against in the workplace, Shadow Minister for Women Giulia Jones said today.
“The National Sex Discrimination Commissioner has released the ‘Pregnancy and Return to work National Review – Report 2014’ recently. It shows that one in two pregnant women reported discrimination in the workplace. It also found 22 percent of those who have been discriminated against give up on the workforce,” Mrs Jones said.
“On top of this it is disappointing to hear that women on maternity leave could be forced to reapply for their jobs at Treasury. This is an extra burden. Pregnancy discrimination has a huge impact on the lives of women and their health.
“This is an issue which needs to be highlighted and we need to work towards better respect for women in the workplace. It seems like we have a bit of a way to go.
“While it is stressful for everyone who could be forced to reapply for positions, pregnant women on maternity leave face a full time job at home and should be treated with respect,” Mrs Jones concluded.