Sex Discrimination and Sexism

Sex Discrimination and Sexism


Australia has strong anti-discrimination laws protecting you from sex discrimination. Australians are protected from sex discrimination in several circumstances, including whilst at work, whilst seeking work, in the provision of goods and services and in an educational institution.

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Sex Discrimination and Sexism

Sex discrimination refers to unfavourable or less favourable treatment because of your sex. A common misconception is that it only refers to women. Whilst it seems that most victims of sex discrimination are women, this form of discrimination can also affect men – both sexes are protected. Call us today if your have been:

  • Bullied because of your sex,
  • Laughed at because of your sex,
  • Told that you are not as smart as a man or not as competent as a man,
  • Told that you are not as caring as a woman,
  • Subjected to critical language or behaviour because of your sex, pregnancy, potential pregnancy, family duties,
  • Sent pornographic emails, touched or pressured for sex,
  • Sacked because of your sex,
  • Sacked because your pregnancy,
  • Not employed because you are of childbearing age,
  • Not promoted because of your sex,
  • Not given training opportunities because of your sex,
  • Refused service because of your sex.

Women may face limits on promotion in the workplace because of conscious and subconscious sex bias, and continue to experience sexual harassment on the job despite increased employer awareness of an employer’s obligation to take preventive and corrective action. Women with family responsibilities are disadvantaged by employer insensitivity to the family responsibilities of their employees. Women of colour or of foreign nationality are particularly vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace because they face a combination of racial and gender barriers.

Discrimination Claims

You are afforded protection under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth), the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Victoria), the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Queensland), the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (New South Wales), the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tasmania), the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (Western Australia), the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (South Australia), the Discrimination Act 1991 (Australian Capital Territory), the Anti-Discrimination Act (Northern Territory), and the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

  • Pregnancy discrimination refers to the discrimination women face because they are pregnant, they may become pregnant, or were pregnant.Pregnant women may suffer from discrimination in hiring, promotion, and job performance evaluation because of false assumptions about their ability to work.
  • Marital Status Discrimination refers to unfavourable or less favourable treatment because of your marital status. In some case law the concept extends to the concept of marital status discrimination on the basis of who you are married to.
  • Lawful Sexual Activity Discrimination refers to unfavourable or less favourable treatment because of the lawful sexual activities you choose to partake or not partake in.
  • Gender Identity Discrimination refers to unfavourable or less favourable treatment because ofthe gender you identify yourself with.

Many people do not realize that they may have a claim, or do not understand what discrimination or harassment means under the relevant legislation. We can advise you, help you prepare a statement, gather evidence and represent you in the relevant Commission to make sure that your voice is heard.

You are entitled to justice and a fair go, under no circumstances do you have to suffer or put up with discrimination in the workplace and other life circumstances. Why should you suffer because of your employer, or their failure to act on your complaints? Call now to have a confidential discussion regarding your situation.

We believe that in 21st century Australia, it is absolutely unacceptable for a person to be discriminated against. We will make sure to stand up for your rights. Call us today!

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