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JobWatch was featured in The Oz on 29 November 2022, commenting on our call for discrimination time limits to be extended.
November 29, 2022
In NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia, women have 12 months to report pregnancy discrimination from the time of the occurrence.
This should be extended to 24-months according to JobWatch, a leading employment discrimination service.
“Pregnant women have enough on their mind that they don’t need to worry about the time pressures of filing a discrimination lawsuit as well,” executive director Zana Bytheway told The Oz. “It would make sense to extend these time limits to allow women the time to make the claim considering the extenuating life circumstances while you’re pregnant.”
The federal Sex Discrimination Act allows discrimination claims to be lodged within 24 months, and Bytheway said it would be sensible to align the reporting periods across all states and territories.
“Last year’s Respect At Work bill recognised the fact complaints initiated under sex discrimination are sensitive in nature,” she said. “It just makes sense that state and territory governments follow suit, and realise how sensitive pregnancy discrimination is.”
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