skip to Main Content

What is discrimination?

Discrimination happens when you are treated differently, or less favourably, because of a protected attribute – compared to someone who does not have that same attribute.

Protected attributes differ slightly from state to state, but can include things such as:

  • age (young or old)
  • race, skin colour, social or ethnic origin
  • sex
  • gender identity
  • sexuality
  • pregnancy
  • breastfeeding
  • family responsibilities
  • relationship status
  • religion
  • age (young or old)
  • physical or mental impairment or disability
  • political opinion
  • trade union activity

Where can discrimination happen?

Unlawful discrimination can happen at work, or at school or university, or when seeking accommodation like renting a house or motel room.

It can also happen when you access goods and services like buying things from a shop, going to a cafe or to the movies or a medical centre, and it can even happen when you hire tradespeople.

Workplace discrimination can happen when you are employed, or when you are doing work experience, or even when you apply for a job.

It also applies to contractors and volunteers.

Every worker has the right to a safe workplace

Every worker has the right to a safe and healthy workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination.

If you have been subjected to this sort of unlawful conduct, you might be entitled to substantial compensation.

Call our team for a confidential consultation on 1800 002 444.


To connect with us, please follow us on


LAST UPDATED: April 2022

Back To Top