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SEX DISCRIMINATION ACT 1984 - SECT 7AA

Discrimination on the ground of breastfeeding

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act, a person (the discriminator ) discriminates against a woman (the aggrieved woman ) on the ground of the aggrieved woman's breastfeeding if, by reason of:

                     (a)  the aggrieved woman's breastfeeding; or

                     (b)  a characteristic that appertains generally to women who are breastfeeding; or

                     (c)  a characteristic that is generally imputed to women who are breastfeeding;

the discriminator treats the aggrieved woman less favourably than, in circumstances that are the same or are not materially different, the discriminator treats or would treat someone who is not breastfeeding.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Act, a person (the discriminator ) discriminates against a woman (the aggrieved woman ) on the ground of the aggrieved woman's breastfeeding if the discriminator imposes, or proposes to impose, a condition, requirement or practice that has, or is likely to have, the effect of disadvantaging women who are breastfeeding.

             (3)  To avoid doubt, a reference in this Act to breastfeeding includes the act of expressing milk.

             (4)  To avoid doubt, a reference in this Act to breastfeeding includes:

                     (a)  an act of breastfeeding; and

                     (b)  breastfeeding over a period of time.

             (5)  This section has effect subject to sections 7B and 7D.



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