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Do you believe you have experienced sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination or discrimination because of your family responsibilities?

If you would like free legal advice, contact the
Working Women’s Legal Service on (02) 8745 6954.


Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment at work is against the law.

Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual conduct which is humiliating, offensive, embarrassing or intimidating. It includes things like:

  • staring and leering;
  • sexual comments and jokes;
  • inappropriate questions about your private life or your body;
  • sexual or physical contact such as slapping, kissing, touching, hugging and massaging;
  • circulating or displaying emails, texts, posters, magazines and screen savers of a sexual nature.

Even if these things are not directly aimed at you, it can still be sexual harassment.

Family responsibilities

It is against the law for an employer to discriminate against you because of your responsibilities as a carer for children, or for other family members who might need you to care for them such as a partner, parent, grandparent, grandchild or sibling.

Examples of carer’s discrimination include:

  • not employing you, not offering you training or not promoting you because you have responsibility for young children now or perhaps in the future;
  • firing you because you have to care for an ill partner;
  • not considering a reasonable request for part-time work which would accommodate your responsibilities as a carer;
  • requiring all staff to start and finish work at a particular time which is more likely to negatively effect people who have responsibility for dropping off and collecting children from school.

Pregnancy discrimination

It is against the law for an employer to discriminate against you because you are pregnant or because you may become pregnant.

Examples of discrimination include:

  • not employing you or not promoting you because you are pregnant or you might become pregnant;
  • firing you because you are pregnant;
  • not providing you with a larger size uniform;
  • not giving you the same or similar job when you return from parenting leave.

Everyone has a the right to work free from discrimination.

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