Employers have a legal responsibility to make sure that everyone who works for them is treated fairly and with respect. As an employee, you are protected from discrimination in the workplace by Victorian and federal laws.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission works with both employers and employees to help them prevent discrimination from occurring, resolve complaints and take practical steps to create fair and productive workplaces.
Workplace rights and responsibilities are set out in the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and other state and federal laws. Employers can be held legally responsible for workplace incidents of discrimination, bullying, sexual harassment and victimisation. This includes positive duty and making reasonable adjustments.
Types of workplaces
All types of employers and employment relationships are covered under these laws and some aspects of the law also apply to unpaid workers, volunteers and volunteer organisations.
Contact us and we can help you with a wide range of workplace questions and concerns.
We also offer education and consultancy to help employers understand, prevent and respond to discrimination, as well as develop ‘best practice’ strategies to promote equal opportunity in the workplace.
There are a range of government, business, industry and non-government organisations that also offer advice and information on your legal rights and responsibilities in the workplace.