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Manager stripped of responsibilities after returning from maternity leave


Deborah worked for a building company as a manager for several years before falling pregnant. She took maternity leave, but upon returning to work was told that her position had changed. All management responsibilities had been removed from her job description. Deborah felt that this was unfair, and spoke to her manager about it. She was told not to take it personally but her priorities had changed.

She lodged a complaint of pregnancy discrimination with the Commission. When the Commission contacted the company, they responded to the complaint by saying they weren’t aware of Deborah’s feelings about this and were willing to discuss it further with her.

Following initiation of the complaint, Deborah's employer entered into discussions with her. They negotiated a new job description for her, which Deborah accepted.

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