Maternity leave denied, contracts canceled, obstacles posed to career advancement, demotions and dismissals related to motherhood: according to a recent report issued by the Commission on Human Rights, in Australia 49 percent of mothers are discriminated against in the workplace during pregnancy, while on maternity leave, or upon returning to work. In addition to economic damage and harm to one ’s career, 84 percent of those affected suffer from mental and physical stress. Discrimination affects young workers as well as professionals. The report also revealed that 27 percent of men who have taken advantage of paternity leave for one month or less, have also suffered discrimination in the workplace.
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