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Employer guilty of breaching return from maternity leave protections

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HC Online | 24 Apr 2013, 12:00 AM Agree 0
A Victorian employer has been fined in excess of $30k for discriminating against an employee when she attempted to return from maternity leave – could your organisation make the same mistake?
  • Karen Thomas | 24 Apr 2013, 03:59 PM Agree 0
    This is interesting. In 1981 I commenced maternity leave while working for a large company. I knew up front that I may not necessarily return to my previous role but another one would be assigned to me. I had up to 1 year to inform them of my return to work. When I rang them in 1982 to say I wanted to return soon they said I had to write in. So I did and didn't hear anything. I tried calling again but got nowhere. After a few more weeks of not getting a reply I went in and was told that they had no position for me and that I had to write a resignation!! Was that unlawful even back then???
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