DON’T ASK

A simple question causes uproar:

Cricket Australia confirms it does ask its female players to sign a contract saying they are not pregnant.

Cricket Australia and the players’ association are locked in ongoing pay negotiations, with female players included in the collective bargaining talks for the first time.

The sporting body said asking women to sign a contract stating that they were not pregnant was a duty of care issue, but others say it is, at the very least, highly inappropriate.

[The Australian Cricketers’ Association’s Ben] Davies said he did not think any other workplace was allowed to ask a woman if she was pregnant when applying for a job.

Cricket Australia should dispense with the question, instead following the lead of the Australian Defence Forces, which pregnancy test – as part of a female’s medical exam and again on the day of enlistment.

Update: ABC News brings out the big guns:

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The story’s only possible “expert”:

The chair of the Centre for Gender Economics and Innovation, Suzanne Moore, said if women have to sign such a clause, male players should also have to state whether their partners are pregnant.

“Unless they’re going to ask men the same question or ask men if their partner is likely to be pregnant or likely to have a child, it’s just not acceptable,” she said.

Suzanne Moore said the inclusion of such a clause was discriminatory.

It seems pointless to ask men if they’re pregnant. Then again, giving the way things are going, maybe not.

One thought on “DON’T ASK

  1. I can see that the question could be discriminatory from one perspective, but from a duty-of-care perspective participation in a vigorous sporting activity may present risks to mother and foetus, Hence it is a reasonable question to ask, from the perspective of the agency/employer, unless the women concerned[ who might be pregnant and might face real risks] are prepared to assume the entire risk to themselves and their foetus. Of course in this day and age it is highly unlikely that an injured player will accept actual responsibility for her own decisions.

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