Workplace refuses to extend maternity leave

August 2020

Heather* works in an administrative role in a healthcare facility.

Heather was on maternity leave and was due to return to work. She applied for a 12-month maternity leave extension as she did not want to put her child in day care due to fears relating to COVID-19.

Heather’s application was rejected by her employer. She felt she had been discriminated for being a carer and lodged a complaint with ADNSW.

When contacted by ADNSW, the employer realised that Heather was not a front-line worker as initially thought and the 12-month leave extension was granted.

*Name has been changed to protect the privacy of the individual

Last updated:

21 Jul 2021

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