Managing work and family in the 'shadow' of anti-discrimination law

Charlesworth, S 2005, 'Managing work and family in the 'shadow' of anti-discrimination law', Law in Context, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 88-126.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Managing work and family in the 'shadow' of anti-discrimination law
Author(s) Charlesworth, S
Year 2005
Journal name Law in Context
Volume number 23
Issue number 1
Start page 88
End page 126
Total pages 38
Publisher Federation Press
Abstract There is now increasing attention paid to a developing `work and family¿ case law in the Australian industrial and anti-discrimination jurisdictions. However, very few grievances are ever pursued to a formal tribunal or court hearing. Drawing on complaints lodged with the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission under the Equal Opportunity Act 1995 (Vic), this chapter considers the ways in which discrimination against workers with family responsibilities is manifested and understood in the workplace. The context of these complaints, including workplace understandings of what constitutes discrimination against workers with family responsibilities and the gendered organisational structures and cultures in which such understandings are negotiated, is also explored. The chapter concludes that prospects for more effective protection of workers with family responsibilities are limited unless the organisation of work around the unencumbered `ideal worker¿ can be comprehensively challenged.
Subject Labour Law
Copyright notice © 2005 Federation Press
ISSN 0811-5796
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