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Sam Armytage claims she was treated unfairly for not being a mum

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Sunrise's Samantha Armytage has made the shocking claim she wasn't treated as well at work as women who are married or have children.

The 44-year-old revealed she believed bosses gave her more work simply because she was unmarried and had no children.

Samantha Armytage says she wasn't treated the same at work as women who were married or have children. Photo: Getty
Samantha Armytage says she wasn't treated the same at work as women who were married or have children. Photo: Getty

"Bosses don't ask as much of you if you're a wife or mother," she told Stellar Magazine.

"I've never shied away from hard work, but there was an expectation that Sam would do it because she's got nothing else going on. [Sometimes I'd think] 'Well, actually, I'd get something else going on if you didn't make me do this'," she added. 

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Samantha recently married husband Richard Lavender on New Years Eve. The pair started dating in April 2019 and announced their engagement in June 2020.

The TV host added that women can feel "trodden" on by showing "common female traits".

"It’s a very masculine world so women go into their masculine when they’re in these environments and if you show any common female traits such as vulnerability, emotion or empathy you get trodden on. But I’ve just gone out and done my thing," she said.

Samantha recently married husband Richard Lavender on New Years Eve. The pair started dating in April 2019 and announced their engagement in June 2020. Photo: Getty
Samantha recently married husband Richard Lavender on New Years Eve. The pair started dating in April 2019 and announced their engagement in June 2020. Photo: Getty

It comes after Sam admitted she's thought about retirement, telling the Kyle and Jackie O Show she hasn't ruled out giving up her TV life for a quiet life in the Southern Highlands, where she splits her time.

"I get the feeling, Sam, that you're going to give this up next contract or something. Do you ever see yourself doing that?" Jackie 'O' Henderson asked.

"Oh yeah, I think down the track I could, easily," Sam responded.

Sam and Richard managed to plan their wedding in just three days.

"We did it, we got it done, it was a little bit stressful for me but Rich was very relaxed," Sam said after returning to work earlier this year.

"It was dad, my dad, we were all sitting around, at Christmas time as you do, having a champagne and beer on the verandah, and dad said because of Covid and everyone's in lockdown…dad said ‘just do it, for god’s sake, just do it,’ so we did it!”

“It was nice, there was 12 of us there, we organised it in three days and it was fun.”

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