A study from the University of South Australia has revealed issues faced by pregnant workers and working parents in Australia.
About 60% of new mothers returning to work after maternity leave face overwhelming workloads, exclusion at work, and having their opinions ignored, according to the study highlighting ongoing discrimination against these workers.
Findings indicate that 25% of surveyed workers lacked suitable breastfeeding facilities, almost 20% were denied flexible work arrangements, and 30% didn't receive required information about leave entitlements.
The study also reported cases of pregnant workers hiding their bellies, facing offensive remarks for caregiving leave, and even instances of denial of basic needs like bathroom breaks.
The research aims to improve workplace practices and influence stronger government policies by studying the challenges faced by new fathers as well.
Researchers are seeking more participants for the ongoing study.
Learn more about the project here