PREGNANT, DUMB AND DEMOTED?
Host of the ABC’s flagship current affairs program, 7.30 Leigh Sales was back behind the desk within six months of the birth of her son.
The popular presenter, Virginia Trioli (above) will be the host of next week’s Q&A after the birth of her son just four months ago.
It is unthinkable that either woman would have lost her job or been demoted during her maternity leave.
The news today is that Solomon Lew’s Just Group retail empire has been hit by a sex discrimination lawsuit lodged by a senior marketing manager who claims her job was downgraded while she was on maternity leave.
Helen Allegos alleges Mark McInnes (pictured left), who came to Just Group after resigning as head of David Jones amid a sexual harassment scandal in 2010, left her out in the cold when he recruited new management late last year.
Ms Allegos alleges that in November, while she was on leave from her $190,000-a-year job as general manager of Just Group’s fast fashion group, Mr McInnes downgraded her job because of her sex, her pregnancy and her responsibility to look after her two children and is seeking unspecified compensation – plus a two-month payout if she is found to have been made redundant.
Just Group has yet to file a response to Ms Allegos’s Federal Court application but the company’s general manager of human resources, Rose Phillips, said it denied the whole of her claim and described it as ”opportunistic and without foundation”.
Still before the courts is the case of air traffic controller Kirsty Fletcher in which she has accused senior management at Airservices Australia of viewing pornography at work and of discriminating against female employees, particularly those who became pregnant.
One ASA manager, Peter Holmes, is alleged to have said: “it is well known that women get dumber when they were (sic) pregnant”.
But do they?
Study after study has proven that “baby brain” or “preg head” is a myth.
Not only that, the studies also say pregnancies may actually increase women’s mental abilities.
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