What can I do if I have been discriminated against or harassed at work?

If you feel that you have been discriminated against in the workplace you should first try to solve the problem in your workplace by speaking to the complaints (grievance) officer or your boss or by asking your trade union to help. If the problem is not fixed, you can then complain to either:

  • The federal Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (AHRC) or
  • The NSW Anti-Discrimination Board.

    You cannot make a complaint to both agencies. This means that you have to choose carefully which one you should apply to. To do this you can call one or both of the agencies and get some advice before you lodge a complaint. 

    A general guideline is as follows:

    Discrimination

  • Sex, race or disability discrimination complaints can go to either the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board or AHRC
  • Homosexual, transgender and age discrimination complaints should first seek advice from the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board
  • Irrelevant criminal records complaints should first seek advice from AHRC

    Harassment

  • Disability harassment complaints should go to AHRC
  • Sexual harassment complaints can go to either the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board or AHRC

    To find out more about making a complaint to the Federal Commission see:

    Making a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

    To find out more about making a complaint to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board see:

    Making a complaint to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board

    The content on this page was last updated in June 2009.

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