I'm so sorry you've gone through it too. It should definitely be illegal to do this on mat leave. The stress I've had throughout the last 9mths has really tainted what was meant to be a year focusing just on my DD. Instead my anxiety has gone through the roof, I feel pushed out and kicked out and totally dumped like nobody cares. It was also my identity for the last 4 years so now i have no idea who I am. I couldn't sleep last night and woke up in tears. I can't believe 4 years hard work has culminated into a cheque and a kick in the teeth. 😞
I also agree with you. It's not worth fighting. Sectors are small and people talk. It does mean your left with all this anger tho and nobody to direct it at..
Did it take you long to find your job? Could you not find P/T?
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10-04-2016 19:27 #31
10-04-2016 20:21 #32
I'm in the commercial property sector so it's very competitive. I think it's yet to catch up in terms of offering flexible working for mums. A lot of the support staff are able to do work share or return to work part time but I think my role would be hard to do part time or to share with someone else. If I were to go back to work part time id have to go into more of a support role and take a big pay cut. I just don't think we could do that without it hugely impacting our life
10-04-2016 22:30 #33
This happened to me too. I was made redundant just before I was due back and to top it off, they refused to pay the second half of my maternity leave pay (which is held as a return to work incentive). I was ready to fight but decided against it. I was glad to have a payout to fund an extra 6 months off and was ready to leave that company.
I'm currently looking for work and yes, it's really hard to find a part time job that pays well and isn't junior! Im applying for part time and full time roles. For the full time ones, I either state my desire to work 4 days up front, inform the recruiter (most jobs in my field and at my level are trough recruiters), or will discuss it during the interview stage.
It's tough, and my confidence is definitely suffering at the moment. If I don't find something soon I'll have to try to get some temping work or pretty much anything I can get.
11-04-2016 07:26 #34
Made redundant on maternity leave
You could seek relief under unfair dismissal laws, general protections laws, under the FWAct, or alleged discrimination contrary to the relevant Commonwealth, state or territory discrimination law, for example, the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 [Cth].
Look up other information under www.workplaceinfo.com.au to ensure your company has followed protocols related to company policies and legislative acts.
It really is a case of discrimination.
It upsets and angers me that I'm reading this has happened to other women too. Regardless of the industry you work in there should be no recourse on an individual for standing up for their rights and those of all women.
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11-04-2016 08:39 #35
14-05-2016 18:24 #36Junior Member
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Hello. New to forum, but in my research into my own workplace issues I have observed this section in the Fair Work Act,
84 Return to work guarantee
On ending unpaid parental leave, an employee is entitled to return to:
(a) the employee’s pre‑parental leave position; or
(b) if that position no longer exists—an available position for which the employee is qualified and suited nearest in status and pay to the pre‑parental leave position.
15-05-2016 21:22 #37
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