FAQs and examples

Q. Does the right to protection from slavery have any work to do in today's world? A. Yes. Section 11 of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 says that people have the right to be free from forced work, that a person must not be held in…
Q. Is the right to privacy just about people's information? A. No. Section 13 of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 says that people have the right to privacy and reputation. We often think about privacy as giving us rights when government agencies deal with information about…
Q. Can I only ask for financial compensation as a remedy for discrimination or sexual harassment? A. No. When a person has been discriminated against, sexually harassed, or victimised, a broad range of remedies may be available to them under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (the Act). Dispute resolution at…
Q. Can I ask an employee or prospective employee to attend a medical examination? A. Yes, in some circumstances, provided that you have a reasonable basis for doing so. In some circumstances, employers can ask an employee or a prospective employee to attend a medical examination, including: to assess whether…
Q. Can I refuse entry to someone because they have an assistance dog? A. Generally, no. The Equal Opportunity Act 2010 protects people with disabilities from discrimination. This includes protection from discrimination because a person has an assistance dog. Assistance dogs can play a significant role in increasing the independence…
Q. Is setting aside a special area in a cemetery for a particular religion unlawful discrimination? A. No This issue was raised with the Commission when a local council received a complaint about their introduction of a separate area for Muslims to be interned in the public cemetery. They were…
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