We believe that all workers should be treated equally at work, regardless of what they look like or where they come from.
What is discrimination?
Under the law workers cannot be discriminated against or sacked because or their race, sex, sexuality, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family or carer’s responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin.
An employer cannot take certain actions because of the prohibited reasons outlined above, including:
- dismissing an employee
- injuring an employee in their employment
- altering an employee’s position to their detriment
- discriminating between one employee and other employees
- refusing to employ a prospective employee
- discriminating against a prospective employee in the terms and conditions offered.
What about protection for union members?
It also unlawful to terminate an employee or treat them differently because they are a member of a union or because they participate in ordinary and legal union activities.
What are my options if I have been discriminated against?
If you have experienced discrimination at work you can lodge a complaint with the Fair Work Commission or another appropriate Tribunal. Make sure you contact the AMWU first to make sure your claim is lodged properly.
Are there any time constraints?
Yes. There are time limits to lodge an application if you have been discriminated against. Some time limits are as short as 21 days, so make sure you contact us immediately if you think you have a claim.