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21. Since I notified my boss of my pregnancy, he sometimes assigns heavy work to me. I think that he wants me to resign so he can avoid paying compensation or avoid giving maternity leave. Can he do that?

If a pregnant employee produces a medical certificate with an opinion of her unfitness to handle heavy materials, work in places where gas that is injurious to pregnancy is generated, or do other work that is injurious to pregnancy, then the employer may not allocate such work to the employee. If the employee is already performing such work, then the employer must within 14 days remove her from that work.


Offences and Penalties


Employers who fail to comply with the above requirements are liable to prosecution and, on conviction, to a fine of $50,000.