Anti-Discrimination NSW

​Roster changes conflicted with caring responsibilities

Conciliations - Carer’s responsibilities discrimination

Published: 4 August 2016

The complainant was employed as a scientific officer in a laboratory, and has sole responsibility for the care for her three school-aged children. She said that her working roster was changed without consultation and when she requested some flexibility in her newly rostered hours this was refused. 

The complainant said she was then given an ultimatum to work her rostered hours or resign. Eventually her employment was terminated (she was still in her probationary period) because her employer felt that she could not manage her carer’s responsibilities in conjunction with her employment. 

The employer said that the complainant had been terminated because she was not an appropriate fit for the organisation and was not meeting the performance expectations for the probationary period. They also said she had not made herself available to undertake necessary training. The complainant disputed these reasons.  

The complaint was settled at conciliation when the complainant agreed to accept a payment of $10,000.​

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