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Employment Update – July 2017 – Real Estate Agency awaits compensation order after dismissing an employee because she was pregnant.

A real estate agency in Victoria will wait until a further hearing in October to find out Judge Riley’s decision as to compensation, after it unsuccessfully defended proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court brought by a former administrative assistant (‘Applicant’).  The Applicant alleged that she had been terminated by the real estate agency due to…

Victorian Tribunal finds that morning sickness constitutes a disability

In a recent decision, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal have found that pregnancy related ‘morning sickness’ may constitute a disability under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) (Act). In the case, a pregnant full time employee asked to reduce her full time hours to 28 hours a week. The employee experienced severe morning sickness…

Pregnancy discrimination costs employer $235,000

In the recent case of Sagona v R & C Piccolo Investments Pty Ltd and Ors, the Federal Circuit Court has ordered the employer and its husband and wife owners to pay $235,000 to an employee who was found to have been discriminated against after she announced that she was pregnant. Background The Applicant in…