Discrimination & Equal Opportunity

 

We have considerable experience in discrimination law matters and regularly act for clients in claims in state and federal tribunals and in courts.

We advise on anti-discrimination laws and equal employment opportunity in the workplace, including the development and implementation of workplace policies covering anti-discrimination, sexual harassment, affirmative action and workplace bullying.

We also help our clients to put best-practice equal opportunity measures in place, ensuring they meet their employer responsibilities while supporting key commercial drivers, such as productivity and efficiency.

Experience

  • Successfully defending one of Australia’s leading retail banks against a multi-million dollar discrimination and breach of contract claim.
  • Advising on a whistleblower’s complaint and investigation into allegations of improper conduct, misconduct and sexual harassment.
  • Defending businesses from discrimination claims in the Australian Human Rights Commission, Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court and various state tribunals (including before the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, VCAT, NCAT and QCAT).
  • Conducting workplace investigations into allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying.
  • Engaging independent investigators and advising on workplace investigations into allegations of bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment complaints made by employees.
  • Reviewing and updating workplace policies and conducting training for an executive team on workplace behaviours.

Key contact

Karl advises his clients in adverse action claims at the Fair Work Commission, implementing and negotiating enterprise agreements, unfair...

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