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Expecting the Worst: Circumstances Surrounding Pregnancy Discrimination at Work and Progress to Formal Redress

McDonald, Paula K., Dear, Kerriann , & Backstrom, Sandra E. (2008) Expecting the Worst: Circumstances Surrounding Pregnancy Discrimination at Work and Progress to Formal Redress. Industrial Relations Journal, 39(4), pp. 229-247.

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Abstract

This study explored the details of 318 cases of alleged workplace pregnancy discrimination reported to a community advocacy organisation in Australia. Circumstances surrounding pregnancy discrimination included derogatory comments about physical appearance, changed working conditions, denial of access to opportunities and less favourable work performance appraisals. Dismissal or constructive dismissal was often reported. The study also highlights the complexity and difficulty in navigating formal complaints processes and examines some of the outcomes for women who chose this course of action.

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ID Code: 15599
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: Pregnancy, Discrimination, Work, Women
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2338.2007.00486.x
ISSN: 0019-8692
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 13 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:43

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