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2014-10-10

StarTrack Courier allegedly lays off pregnant employee about to go on maternity leave

StarTrack Courier (the rebranded Messenger Post and StarTrack and a wholly owned subsidiary of AP), has certain implied obligations to its employees, such as treating them with respect and courtesy. It is so obvious that it goes without saying.

And, even though Post says it wants to keep the employment arrangements between Messenger Post and StarTrack separate how does Post justify StarTrack Courier lay off of a permanent full-time employee who is just about to go on maternity leave as part of the restructure in its WA facility. The employee in question was allegedly told she no longer had a job and to pack her things and go.

Post and StarTrack ought to beware. Pregnancy discrimination tops the Fair Work Ombudsman’s list. There are penalties for breaching the Fair Work Act and anti-discrimination laws.

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