Woman says employers won't hire her because she is a mum

Madeleine Perret pictured with her son Liam Jones (4) has applied for hundreds of jobs over the past 5 months but beleives she has been unsuccessful in finding a job because she has children. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Madeleine Perret pictured with her son Liam Jones (4) has applied for hundreds of jobs over the past 5 months but beleives she has been unsuccessful in finding a job because she has children. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

After more than 80 job rejections in the past five months she is emotionally drained, desperate and frustrated.

She's has taken to a Facebook page which enables jobseekers to air their issues and her message has struck a chord with other mums also unable to land a job.

With a resume including more than three years of service in the Army and MR truck driving qualifications, Ms Perret ticks all the boxes.

But when the Gracemere woman mentions she has a young child, and can't work weekends, she said potential employers waved goodbye.

"I've been looking for work since August last year and it has just been really frustrating," Ms Perret said.

"My Seek profile shows that I have applied for 80 jobs on their website alone, and that's not counting the other three job search engines I use.

"I have potential employers when I go to an interview who ask me what hours I can work and I tell them I can work 7am-5pm on weekdays and they want to know why I can't work weekends.

"I don't have a babysitter.

"I have my son in daycare and that is costing me enough money as it is and they want me to find someone else to look after him so I can work on the weekend."

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Ms Perret said employers lacked empathy when it came to parents, whether they were already employed or still job hunting.

"As soon as I say that I can't work weekends or extra hours you should see the double take they do," she said.

"My son Liam was sick in his early years and I was told in the past to leave my worries at the gate.

"I'm going to worry about my child because I'm not there to look after him and it's not something I can turn on and off."

After five months of unemployment, Ms Perret said she was considering moving towns.

"It's not just me," she said.

"There are hundreds of people looking for employment in Rockhampton."

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