New South Wales closes Australia’s last loophole allowing pregnant women to be sacked

New South Wales will close a loophole allowing employers to sack a woman who knew she was pregnant when hired.

The premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said the changes would make sure pregnant woman were not discriminated against.

“It’s unacceptable and out of step with modern standards for a woman to be overlooked for a role because she’s pregnant, or dismissed from a new position once it becomes apparent she’s carrying a child”.

The NSW government acknowledged Greens MP Dr Mehreen Faruqi who had been a fierce advocate for changing the laws.

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