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Mums taking parental leave sacked: report

Almost one in five working mums lost their job before or after having a baby, a report says.

Half of Australia’s working mothers report discrimination during pregnancy, parental leave or when returning to work.

Pregnant workers say they have been sacked, threatened with sacking or didn’t have their contract renewed, according to an Australian Human Rights Commission report.

The report found 18 per cent of mothers had been made redundant, dismissed, had their job restructured or not had their contract renewed, either during their pregnancy, when requesting or taking parental leave or when they returned to work.

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick said women had their salaries cut and missed out on training, professional development and promotional opportunities.

The most common types of discrimination … included negative comments about breastfeeding or working part-time or flexibly and being denied requests to work flexibly, Ms Broderick said on Monday.

The vast majority of mothers who copped discrimination — 84 per cent — said it had a negative impact on them — via

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