Small business wants exemption from pregnancy discrimination laws [Australia]

Author: Ashley Hall, ABC News [Australia], Published on: 7 July 2010

Small business owners say they should be exempt from laws that prohibit discrimination against pregnant women. The business owners are responding to the Fair Work Ombudsman's move to pursue pregnancy discrimination claims on behalf of women. The Ombudsman has just lodged its first pregnancy discrimination case in the Federal Court, and...the Ombudsman is tipping that there will be a surge in claims now...But small business owners say this sort of regime imposes an impossible burden them. Australian Council of Small Business Organisations chairman Peter Strong says small businesses will suffer under the new regime.

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