Factsheets: Workplace Bullying and Discrimination

Employers have legal duties to treat employees fairly and protect them from health and safety risks. This means all workers have the right to a workplace that is free from bullying, harassment and discrimination. Despite legal protections, many workers still find themselves exposed to bullying, harassment and discrimination. Australian Unions is here to support and advise workers on these issues. In this section you will find information on:

Workplace Discrimination

Workplace discrimination occurs when a person, or a group of people, is treated less favourably than another person or group because of their background or particular personal characteristics.  Commonwealth and state discrimination laws protect people from discrimination on the basis of their: Race, including colour, national or ethnic origin or immigrant status Sex, pregnancy or…


Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a type of harassment that involves any unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature. Like all forms of bullying and harassment, sexual harassment is a known cause of physical and mental injury. It is a serious health and safety issue and can even result in criminal charges for perpetrators. Sexual harassment can happen to…


Workplace Bullying and Harassment

Bullying and harassment harms the physical and mental health of workers. It is a serious health and safety issue that must be managed and prevented by employers. Everyone should feel safe and supported at work. To help protect yourself from this health risk, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what bullying and harassment…