Protection for pregnant job seekers

Published: 11 Dec 2017

The law will be amended in NSW to protect pregnant job seekers from discrimination.

The Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 will be amended so employers cannot fire or refuse to hire women who knew they were pregnant when applying for a job.

Attorney General Mark Speakman said fair access to employment is good for the NSW economy and vital to the financial and social independence of women.

“It’s unacceptable and out of step with modern standards for a woman to be overlooked for a role because she’s pregnant, or dismissed from a new position once it becomes apparent she’s carrying a child,” Mr Speakman said.

The change brings NSW into line with other states, territories and the Federal Sex Discrimination Act 1984.

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