Sex discrimination in goods and services
A barber shop called to ask if they could refuse to serve women who wanted a haircut.
Sex discrimination in employment
A young man applied for a casual job at a plant nursery and was told they only employed girls because they are better with customers.
Family responsibility in employment
A female teacher was returning to work after having her second child, and had her application for part time work refused.
Religious conviction in employment
A young Muslim chiropractor was distressed because her employer told her she could not stop work for 10 minutes each afternoon to pray.
Pregnancy in employment
A young apprentice hairdresser had her employment terminated when the employer found she was pregnant.
Examples of enquiries outside jurisdiction
Gender identity in education
A mother of a nine year old transgender child said the child’s school was insisting on using the Childs former name on the school report and insisting on labelling her as “he”.
(Note: the Gender History provision can only be used by a person who has a certificate confirming they have undergone gender re-assignment surgery – enquiry referred to Australian Human Rights Commission)
Bullying at work
A women working in a boarding house of a private school was subject to name calling and bullying.
(Note: Bullying is not a ground of unlawful discrimination. This matter was referred to the FairWork Commission and Work safe)
A member of a sporting club called to say Indian members of the club were upset by non Indian members who were circulating an email which denigrated Indian people.
(Note: Racial harassment only unlawful in employment, education and accommodation. Clubs are outside jurisdiction)