Federal Circuit Court awards more than $200,000 for pregnancy discrimination

By Gareth Jolly

The Federal Circuit Court has found that a portrait photography business constructively dismissed an employee, Ms Sagona, for reasons including her pregnancy. The court awarded compensation of around $174,000 (£97,000) and imposed penalties totalling $61,000 — including fines of $8,000 each against the husband and wife who owned the business.

This is one of the higher monetary awards for discrimination in Australian history. And importantly, the owners of the business are jointly liable for the $174,000.

The facts of the case are complex…

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