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What is discrimination?

Everybody wants to feel that they are treated fairly and equally when they are at work, studying, accessing goods and services, or in accommodation.

When someone is treated less favourably because of a particular attribute they may have, this is called discrimination, and in many instances, it’s against the law.

An attribute is something like a person’s sex, race, religion, sexuality, gender, or pregnancy status.

If you have suffered discrimination, you may be entitled to compensation.

Please call our friendly staff at Discrimination Claims on 1300 853 837 and we can advise you on your best options moving forward depending on your specific circumstances.

The law

There are a number of federal and state laws that offer protection against discrimination in the workplace, in education, in accommodation, and in the provision of goods and services.

It is important to know that the laws do differ slightly from state to state and state to territory, so it is best to call us for advice about your particular situation.

What is an attribute?

Depending on which state you live in, an attribute can include:

  • race
  • colour
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • age
  • physical or mental disability or impairment
  • marital status
  • parental status
  • family or carer’s responsibilities
  • pregnancy
  • breastfeeding
  • religion
  • political opinion
  • trade union activity
  • national extraction or social origin

Where can discrimination happen?

Again, depending which jurisdiction you live in, discrimination can happen:

  • while at work, or on work experience, or when applying for a job 
  • in education, when attending schools, universities or colleges
  • while accessing goods, like buying things in shops, cafes, cinemas and restaurants
  • while accessing services from business people or tradespeople, and legal and medical services
  • while attempting to access public places, like swimming pools, libraries, and sporting stadiums
  • while accessing and living in accommodation, like renting a property, or hotel or motel or caravan
  • when joining or visiting clubs and associations
  • when participating in sport (in some circumstances)

What should you do if you believe that you have been subjected to discrimination?

As legislation differs slightly from state to state, it is best to seek professional advice if you believe you have been unlawfully discriminated against.

We should be able to help you resolve the issue, and may even be able to assist you in making a claim for compensation.

Please call Discrimination Claims on 1300 853 837 to speak to our expert staff.

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