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Discrimination

SWS advises employers in respect of positive obligations which require employers to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate discrimination in the workplace, as well as how to respond to discrimination claims that may arise in the workplace.

How we can help

  • Advising employers on positive obligations under discrimination and related legislation
  • Advising and acting on behalf of employers in discrimination claims
  • Advising employers on obligations in relation to sexual harassment
  • Advising on and acting on behalf of employers in general protections claims based on alleged discrimination
  • Advising employers in respect of complaints made to the Australian Human Rights Commission

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Discrimination is when a person is treated less favourably than another person or group because of their background or certain personal characteristics. It is also discrimination if a policy, which may be applicable to everyone, has the effect of disadvantaging a person because of a personal characteristic.

There are a number of statutes that govern discrimination law in Australia, including in the workplace. SWS Lawyers provides our clients with practical advice on steps they can take to reduce or eliminate discrimination in their workplace, and assists in putting measures in place to protect our clients from the risk of a discrimination claim.

We provide our clients with advice in relation to specific situations where allegations of discrimination may be made, and how to navigate these situations most effectively. We represent our clients in response to general protections claims made based on alleged discrimination and complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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