Discrimination - cases wrap (1)

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Pregnant worker had shifts reduced; Promotion denied because of child care responsibilities; Gossip about female officer discriminatory.

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Pregnant worker had shifts reduced; Promotion denied because of child care responsibilities; Gossip about female officer discriminatory.

Pregnant worker had shifts reduced

The Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal found that both the manager and a senior executive had discriminated against an apprentice hairdresser because she was pregnant.

The hairdressing chain was found vicariously responsible for the discriminatory conduct. The apprentice was awarded over $9,000.

When the manager found that she was pregnant, he told her he could not have anyone employed at the salon who could not work a 12-hour shift on Thursdays.

The company then made her a floater. She objected and subsequently resigned.

Banks v Zivanovic, Anderson & Jon Le Court Pty Ltd [2006] QADT 43 (13 December 2006)

Promotion denied because of child care responsibilities

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal found that a woman was not appointed to a more senior position because of her child care responsibilities.

She was awarded damages of almost $20,000.

The tribunal noted:

' ... if she had not had the care of her baby and expressed a desire to have some time with him she would have been appointed to the Senior Role which was, substantially, her old job back with some additions … '

King v Nike Australia Pty Ltd (Anti Discrimination) [2007] VCAT 70 (19 January 2007)

Gossip about female officer discriminatory

The Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal found that gossip about a former police officer's marriage to another police officer constituted sexual discrimination. Male officers’ sexual and private life were not the subject of office banter in a similar vein.

Incidents included a message written on an office whiteboard criticising her sick leave record.

Perry v State of Queensland & Ors [2006] QADT 46 (20 December 2006)

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