In a workplace, you should always be protected from discrimination and sexual harassment.
Discrimination means treating someone differently because of a particular attribute, such as the person’s age, sex, marital status, religion, skin colour, or disability.
With certain exceptions, it is unlawful for someone to discriminate against you by treating you unfavourably in connection with work. This prohibition applies if you are applying for work, while you are employed at your work, and if you are dismissed.
Sexual harassment happens if a person engages in unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature with the intention of offending, humiliating or intimidating the other person, in circumstances where a reasonable person would have anticipated the possibility that the other person would be offended, humiliated or intimidated by the sexual conduct.
Examples of sexual harassment include:
If you have been discriminated against or sexually harassed at work, you may be able to make a claim to the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland, or to the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Examples of matters that can be dealt with by the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland and/or the Australian Human Rights Commission include:
If you think you’ve been discriminated against or sexually harassed in the workplace, or you have been accused of discrimination or sexual harassment, we can provide you with expert service and offer advice on your rights and assist you through the claim process.
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