Discrimination in the workplace is unacceptable and unlawful. Being subjected to discriminatory behaviour is unfair and has the potential to damage your career, health and peace of mind.
What is workplace discrimination?
Discrimination is treating someone unfavourably because of their race, colour, sex, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status, family or carer responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin.
Workplace discrimination can be direct or indirect
Discriminatory behaviour can be direct. For example, an employer refuses to employ an older worker because they believe they think they are too old to learn new skills.
Discriminatory behaviour can also be indirect. It occurs where an unreasonable requirement is imposed on a workplace which disadvantages a person or a group. For example, compulsory early start times for workers could disadvantage parents who have to care for children. If compulsory early start times are unreasonable, this is indirect discrimination.
Apply to the Fair Work Commission
If you are being discriminated at work you can apply to the Fair Work Commission to get an order to stop it. You might also have a claim under Victorian health and safety and equal opportunity legislation.
PH Solicitor is here to help with workplace discrimination
Paul Horvath Solicitor has extensive experience in providing legal advice and representation for both employees and employers at the Fair Work Commission and at VCAT in discrimination matters.
If you’re currently experiencing workplace discrimination, refuse to take it! Contact us on (03) 9642 0435 or email us here.