Following today’s announcement that the Victorian Government plans to restructure the state’s fire agencies, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton said that the evidence essential to the cultural reform of the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Melbourne Fire Brigade (MFB) will be delivered in the coming weeks.

The Commission is please to support an anti-discrimination recruitment pilot program that was today launched by the Victorian Government.

While the headline 'Sex cases soar' may not seem like for good news for Victoria Police, the rise in complaints is an indication that more women members are speaking up about their mistreatment and that is absolutely a step in the right direction. 

Join us for this year's Human Rights Oration on 7 December to celebrate International Human Rights Day.

With the festive season approaching, employers are encouraged to remind employees that the office Christmas or end-of-year party is a work function and sexual harassment is not acceptable.

Today is Equal Pay Day, which marks the extra time from the end of the financial year that women have to work in order to earn the same amount as men.

We often think about discrimination due to being a parent as an issue that only affects women. Almost half of all mothers report workplace discrimination at some point, but recent studies have shown men who take paternity leave or try to negotiate workplace flexibility also suffer negatively at work.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes changes to Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act 2010 which will further protect people from discrimination when seeking employment at religious schools and organisations.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has today launched a national report examining the challenges facing older workers. 

The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the State, Territory and Federal human rights and discrimination authorities, met in this week to consider a number of issues of common concern and interest. A primary focus of the meeting is the continuing, systemic and serious barriers to equality of opportunity for people with disability across Australia. 

In an effort to curb sexual harassment, US retailer American Apparel is attempting to ban workplace relationship and recently fired founder and CEO, Dov Charney, for alleged misconduct. While it's imperative to take workplace sexual harassment seriously, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kate Jenkins says that having a policy actually banning workplace romances would be culturally unacceptable in Australia.

The long awaited report of the Taxi Industry Inquiry tabled in Parliament today makes 139 recommendations to reform the taxi industry to improve the way taxis are licensed, operated and regulated.

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