Employers should be subject to a stronger onus to prevent s-xual harassment under the existing positive duty to provide safe workplaces under OHS laws, while the Fair Work Act should be amended to include explicit anti-harassment rights, according to Victoria Legal Aid.
In a rare "assumed disability" discrimination case that has exposed legislative shortcomings, a tribunal has awarded $20,000 to a public servant forced to take sick leave over concerns about her enthusiasm for conspiracy theories.
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency says "remarkable" growth in employers analysing their data for gender pay gaps means more than half now have formal strategies to address imbalances, but its annual scorecard reveals the overall $26,527 gender pay gap has decreased only marginally.
Transport giant Linfox has told the Human Rights Commission it will not comply with recommendations to compensate a forklift operator refused employment after he failed to disclose his criminal history.
Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM has been announced as the incoming President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, beginning her seven-year term on July 30 in the wake of controversial recent changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.
A Senate Committee's call for a target date for full gender pay equity has been seized upon by the union pursuing a four-year long equal-remuneration case before the FWC, but found little support from business or Government members on the Labor-dominated committee.
A European Union discrimination ruling on an employer's decision to outlaw wearing Islamic headscarves at work highlights vast differences between it and Australia's social and legal context, according to Monash University senior lecturer Dominique Allen.