Treating someone unfairly because of a particular personal characteristic or because they belong to a certain group is unlawful in South Australia on the grounds of:
- association with a child (in customer service or accommodation)
- caring responsibilities
- chosen gender
- identity of spouse or domestic partner
- marital or domestic partnership status
- religious appearance or dress (in work or study)
The Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA) covers discrimination in public life, for example:
- at work, including volunteers
- clubs and associations
- customer service
- granting qualifications
- selling land.
It is unlawful to discriminate against people on the basis of:
- religious dress, in the areas of employment or education
- their association with a child in customer service or in accommodation
- breast feeding.
Discrimination laws also cover:
- sexual harassment
- take all reasonable steps to prevent discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation
- respond quickly, seriously and effectively to any complaints
- support those who have been discriminated against or harassed.
Ten tips for employers
- Treat workers and customers fairly in your dealings with them.
- Have a policy which rules out discrimination and harassment.
- Have a procedure to deal with complaints.
- Tell your customers and workers about it regularly.
- Handle complaints quickly, fairly and confidentially.
- Consider making a worker an equal opportunity contact person.
- Monitor and maintain a culture of equal opportunity.
- Conduct awareness training.
- Offer flexibility.
- Build a socially and physically accessible workplace.
Everyone can help promote fairness in the workplace by:
- being familiar with relevant policies and procedure
- supporting others if discrimination is observed at work
- not harassing, bullying or discriminating others
- reporting inappropriate behaviour
- modelling inclusive behaviour and language
- addressing unconscious or cognitive bias.
Read more about what our work health and safety laws say about offences for discriminatory, coercive or misleading conduct.