An employer is responsible for ensuring that its employees or prospective employees are treated fairly. Discrimination, bullying and harassment can occur in any workplace and it may not be intentional. However, regardless of intention, workplace discrimination, bullying and harassment is unlawful.

Discrimination in the workplace occurs when an adverse action is taken based upon a ‘protected attribute’ such as age, gender, race, disability, religion or sexual orientation whereby the employee is treated less than favourably in comparison to other employees. Discrimination can be direct or indirect.

Bullying and harassment can take many forms, however broadly speaking occurs in the workplace when unreasonable behaviour is made towards an employee such as threats, violent or aggressive behaviour or isolation from work functions. It is important to know that discrimination, bullying and harassment can be a one-off incident and repeated unfavourable treatment is not required for a valid claim to be made.

There are various federal and state ant-discrimination laws and general protections under workplace legislation which safeguard employees from unfavourable treatment in the workplace. No matter how small or large an incident may be if you are a victim of workplace discrimination, bullying or harassment you may be entitled to compensation or other remedies.

Our employment team has:

  • acted for employers who have been accused of discrimination, bullying or harassment; and
  • assisted employees prepare workplace policies and procedures addressing discrimination, bullying and harassment;
  • advised employees on their rights and entitlements with regards to discrimination, bullying and harassment; and
  • acted for employees making claims against their employers for discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace.

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