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Male nurse refused night shifts


Robin was a male nurse, who worked for an Adelaide-based nursing agency. On more than one occasion, Robin had night shifts cancelled at short notice because the agency had a policy that they will not allow male nurses to work night shift without a female being present. 

After he lodged a complaint of gender discrimination with the Commission, Robin's employer confirmed the policy. The reason they gave was that they had to abide by their client’s wishes regarding lone male nurses working at night.

The matter was settled in the conference, with the agency offering to train their managers in equal opportunity laws, and review their practises regarding employing staff to shifts. They also offered to pay Robin $500 for general damages.

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