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A local man named Tom has today received a rejection email from a prospective employer, after they discovered he was 31 years old and newly married.
The employer told Mamamia, "It's just logic isn't it? We don't want to go to the trouble of training someone, for them just to go on parental leave. It's inconvenient. There are a number of assumptions you can make about a Man Of A Certain Age, and one is that he's about to prioritise family above his employer. We can't take that risk."
It's not just Tom though.
Men all over Australia are reporting discrimination in the workplace as they reach child-rearing years.