Private, Confidential and Compassionate Assistance
Australia is prohibited from permitting unlawful discrimination in the course of employment, education, the provision of goods and services and other aspects of public life.
In conformity with Australia’s international human rights obligations, the Commonwealth has enacted legislation prohibiting unlawful discrimination. These are the:
- Age Discrimination Act;
- Disability Discrimination Act;
- Racial Discrimination Act; and the
- Sex Discrimination Act (which also prohibits sexual harassment).
Under Victorian law, other grounds of discrimination include among others:
- Breast feeding
- Religious belief and activity
- Political orientation and opinion
- Industrial or trade union activity
- Personal association
Both Federal and State legislation empower courts to award significant financial compensation for pain and suffering and economic loss; including loss of income.
Discrimination in Employment
Discrimination, harassment and victimisation in employment include, for example:
- a recruitment process that is discriminatory;
- an employer’s refusal to provide equal access to training;
- being denied equal opportunities for promotion and other employment benefits;
- unfair dismissal or demotion;
- the absence of an effective complaints procedure to deal with complaints about discrimination and harassment.
Where to now?
After complaining about abuse, victims are too often denied equal opportunity and fair treatment in the work place and in other aspects of public life. If you have experienced unlawful discrimination it is important to act quickly and see a lawyer. This will ensure maximum compensation for your loss.