Motherhood, Discrimination and Job Loss

Have you lost your job as a result of pregnancy or maternity discrimination?

ANU PhD Candidate Emma Graham is conducting research on the causes of maternity and pregnancy discrimination resulting in job loss. 

You can participate in this research if you:

1. are over the age of 18 years
2. identify as female
3. have lost your job at some point after 1 July 2016:

When you lost your job, you must:

1. have been pregnant, on parental or adoption leave or have had responsibility for the care of a child not yet at school
2. have believed that the reason you lost your job was related to your pregnancy, parental or adoption leave, or responsibility for the care of a child not yet at school

What kind of job loss?

  • situations where you might have been dismissed, made redundant, restructured out of a position, had your contract terminated or not renewed.
  • situations in which you were demoted, had the conditions of your employment changed against your wishes, or were treated so poorly that you felt you had to resign.

Discrimination might have been:

  • overt (e.g. an employer makes disparaging comments about you) OR
  • covert (e.g. your shifts are changed to days or times that do not align with available childcare).


Please contact or 0400 369 355


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Date posted

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Updated:  7 November 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute