NSW Parliament has just passed a bill that closes the loophole that allowed employers to discriminate against pregnant women without any liability under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. This bill removes the exception that exempted employers from sex discrimination clauses if the person knew they were pregnant or could be reasonably expected to know they are pregnant.
Greens MP Dr. Mehreen Faruqi MLC, Greens NSW Spokesperson for the Status of Women, introduced legislation to make this change in September 2017 and then met with Attorney General Mark Speakman and requested the Government to make this change.
In relation this pregnancy discrimination, the Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 removes subsections 25 (1A) and 25 (2A) from the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.
On passing of this bill, Dr. Faruqi said:
“It’s a moment of pride to see our campaign come to fruition and have NSW finally get rid of these discriminatory laws that protected employers who were unfair to pregnant women.
“We know we still live in a society where too many people think pregnancy and motherhood are incompatible with work, so this is great news, especially with the International Women’s Day just around the corner.
“We only made this change because we pushed for it. The fight for social and legal change is far from over, but this is one step in the right direction,” she concluded.
Maliha Aqueel for Mehreen Faruqi 0474 437 111/ (02) 9230 2194