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SCENARIO: A 19 year old woman was employed at an early childcare centre as a group leader. A couple of months into her employment the woman’s employer advised her that her contract would not be renewed past her probation period. When she enquired as to the reason, she was told that it was because parents had commented that they didn't feel comfortable leaving their child with someone so young.
SCENARIO: A woman is having lunch with her friends at a local café. The woman begins to breastfeed her newborn baby when the restaurant manager approaches the woman and informs her that she will not be served if she continues to breastfeed.
SCENARIO: A school will only accept enrolments of male students (e.g. St. Patrick’s College).
SCENARIO: A dental nurse who worked as a full-time permanent employee with a dental practice for eight years developed a condition that required regular medical appointments. The woman notified her employer and was absent from work on a number of occasions to receive treatment.
Afterwards, the woman received a letter from her employer saying that due to the economic downturn, they could only offer her casual employment. She was asked to notify them within seven days of whether she would accept the casual position or resign. The woman wrote to the employer saying that she was too stressed and upset to provide an answer within the timeframe and sought more information on a number of matters before she could make a decision. On the day she was originally asked to make the decision, the employer terminated her employment, and said that it was due to the uncertainty surrounding her medical condition.
SCENARIO: A woman booked holiday accommodation at a guest house which offered peaceful and tranquil holidays. On phoning the guest house the day before arriving, to check that a cot could be provided for her 10 month old baby, she was apparently informed that the guest house does not accommodate children and her booking was cancelled. She was refused the refund of her deposit previously paid.
When notified of the complaint the guest house owners argued that their premises were not suitable for children, in that the premises were situated amongst heavy terrain which included an unfenced creek. They also argued that they had established the guest house to provide a service to holiday makers who wanted a stress free, peaceful and romantic holiday away from daily pressures and the exuberant energy and sometimes noisy enthusiasms of children.
SCENARIO: A woman alleged that she had been requested to provide details on an employment application form about her date of birth, medical history, marital status, number of children and the ages of her children.
SCENARIO: A store owner refuses to employ a person with a disability because that person cannot climb the stairs outside the shop.
SCENARIO: A teacher is refused employment at a Catholic school because they are not Catholic.