We can provide assistance with complaints of unfair treatment as a result of discrimination on the basis of sex, pregnancy, marital status, carer and family responsibilities, as well as cases of sexual harassment. In view of the frequently intersectional nature of disadvantage, we also consider claims which involve discrimination on the basis of race, disability, age and sexual preference.
Generally, discrimination is against the law when it occurs in relation to education, access to goods or services, employment, accommodation and registered clubs. Discrimination can be direct and indirect. If you think you have a disrimination complaint we would like to hear from you. Please contact us for a free consultation to discuss the merits of your case.
Formal complaints about discrimination are made under the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to the Australian Human Rights Commission or to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. They should be lodged in writing within 12 months of the last occasion of discrimination or harassment – although extensions of time are sometimes granted if there is a very good reason for the delay.
Once lodged the complaint will then be investigated and if it is found to be a complaint covered by the anti-discrimination laws, attempts will then be made to conciliate or settle the matter between the parties. If conciliation is unsuccessful, the matter can then be referred to a court or tribunal (depending on the jurisdiction) for formal adjudication. Our service can provide advice, support and advocacy throughout this process.