The Equal Opportunity Act 2010 came into effect in August of 2011. Its primary objective is to encourage the identification of discrimination, victimisation and sexual harassment, and further to eliminate them all. The outcome of which is to promote and facilitate equality within Australia’s workplaces.
Effective employers want to run an organisation where everyone is treated fairly, differences are accepted, and people are treated with tolerance and respect.
Various pieces of anti-discrimination legislation will help them do that.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity Act (2010) covers discrimination in employment, sexual harassment and victimisation at work. It includes employees, job applicants and contractors and aims to protect people who are associated with them, such as carers, friends or relatives.
You are not allowed to discriminate against someone because of:
The Act says you have to take positive action to prevent discrimination, harassment or victimisation, rather than waiting for a complaint or a problem. What you do should be reasonable and in line with your particular business:
The Victorian Human Rights Commission may still investigate even if a complaint has not been lodged. The Commission looks for any potential breaches of your duty to prevent discrimination, sexual harassment or victimisation at work.
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