EOC calls for part-time rights for parents

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first_imgThe Equal Opportunities Commission is claiming that two sex discriminationcases last week demonstrate the need for the Work and Parents Taskforce to helpparents work flexibly. A former receptionist at Lex Retail Group settled her case for sexdiscrimination and unfair dismissal for £8,000 after it refused to allow her towork part-time following maternity leave. Also a secretary at accountancy firm Hacker Young settled her claim for£5,000. While on maternity leave her part-time post was filled on a full-timebasis and she claimed she wasn’t offered a suitable alternative. Julie Mellor, chair of the EOC, said, “If parents had a right to havetheir request to work part- time considered seriously then an employer whoturned down such a request would have to be absolutely sure they had a realjustification for doing so. “The Work and Parents Taskforce needs to find ways of ensuring parentsdo benefit from more flexibility at work.” EOC calls for part-time rights for parentsOn 31 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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