Survey finds many Australian employers value men over women, prefer workers without children

A large number of Australian businesses prefer male employees without children or relationships, according to a survey by workplace management consultancy Kronos. We asked our readers what they had to say. Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook.

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  1. We asked our readers what they had to say:

  2. Have you experienced discrimination in the workplace due to your gender? Or your family or relationship status? Have your say on Twitter and Facebook.
  3. Sure - try being 4 months pregnant and going for an interview as a professional with a Qld local government organisation. They wouldn't admit it - but my impending motherhood was the reason I didn't get the job. That was 1996 - has anything changed?
  4. "The fact that a large majority of businesses thought that their ideal worker was a male, without relationships or interests" So basically they want either a zombie or a robot.
  5. Why don't businesses just hire robots so they don't have to worry about humans and their silly genders and lifestyle choices?
  6. I do find that women with young children take a lot of time off work to look after their kids whereas men don't.
  7. Especially since I informed my agencies I was pregnant. My phone never rang again since that day six months ago...
  8. Yes, towards us older women.
  9. After graduating, I am finding it hard to get a job in the field I studied in (science). Though this is due to a number of reasons, I do often wonder if my age and gender discourage employers from giving me an interview. I am female and 27. Not particularly old I know, but I wonder if employers see me and think that I am at an age where I might start having children, and so they don't want to hire me. I don't list my age on my resume, but it can be roughly worked out from employment and study history, and some government jobs ask you to give your date of birth.
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