We should all be able to feel safe and free from discrimination while at work. Dealing with workplace discrimination violates our right to be treated with respect, fairness and dignity. The results can be far ranging, affecting everything from job performance to our mental health and wellness. Discrimination can be distributive to the entire workforce by contributing to a negative workplace culture. 

At WGC Lawyers, our experienced employment lawyers in Cairns assist both employees and employers who require legal assistance managing workplace issues like discrimination, bullying and harassment. Here, we look at what an employee’s rights are under the law when it comes to workplace discrimination in particular and what steps they can take.

What is Workplace Discrimination?

Discrimination covers scenarios where you are treated differently, often less favorably, than others due to a personal attribute. If you are facing discrimination as an employee, you should reach out to a workplace lawyer in Cairns for specific advice. In Queensland, the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 prohibits discriminating against someone based on their:

  • Age
  • Race, colour or nationality
  • Sex, gender identity or sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • Physical, intellectual, mental or psychiatric disability
  • Marital or relationship status
  • Family or carer responsibilities
  • Pregnancy or potential pregnancy
  • Political opinion

Discriminatory behaviour isn’t always openly antagonistic, for example, you may be overlooked for a promotion because you are a certain age or pregnant.

Examples of Workplace Discrimination

While legal rights against workplace discrimination have existed for some time, it can remain a complicated issue. What might be considered a joke or offhand comment seen as harmless to the perpetrator might have a negative effect on the victim. Other examples include exclusion or isolation by coworkers or having information you need for your job deliberately withheld from you.

Employers may discriminate against you by denying fair training opportunities, promotions or transfers, cutting your shifts down or not paying you as much as someone else doing the same job with the same qualifications and experience.

Get in Touch With an Experienced Workplace Lawyer in Cairns

At WGC Lawyers, our specialist employment lawyers in Cairns help employees who have experienced discrimination at work. As experienced HR legal professionals, we can also assist employers manage workplace discrimination issues by helping prepare policies and procedures.

Call our employment lawyers today on 07 4046 1111 or contact us online.