Association with a child
Association with a child discrimination occurs when a person is treated unfairly in customer service because they have a child with them or need to feed a child (including breast and bottle-feeding). It also occurs where a person is treated unfavourably in renting accommodation, because they will be sharing the accommodation with a child.
It is also unlawful for a school, college, TAFE or university to treat a student unfavourably in her education because she is breastfeeding.
Example - Customer service
Jenny and Michael visited a fashionable café with their three-month-old son, Ben. They sat at a table with a view over the nearby park. When Jenny began to breast-feed Ben, the proprietor asked them to move to a table at the back of the café where no-one would see them. Michael declined and the proprietor asked them to leave. Jenny and Michael could claim they were discriminated against because Jenny was breast-feeding.
Example - Accommodation
Matthew was recently separated and needed to find somewhere to live where his two children could stay regularly on weekends. He looked at a suitable house close to his children's school. He told the agent that his children, aged 5 and 7, would be staying on weekends and was told that, unfortunately, the owner would not rent to a family with young children. Matthew could claim he was discriminated against because he had children.
Last updated on 18 May, 2010 - 12:24.