The laws work very differently in Australia. We are concerned with equity and privacy.
We have a raft of “protected attributes” that an employer or fellow employee harm at their legal peril.
These include, sex, sexual orientation, race*, religion, social origin, facial features, family, as well as many other sections to ensure equity in the workplace.
Discriminate on the basis on any one of those and your are in a world of hurt. Yet employers still use the tired old weasel words to get out of treating everyone with fairness and respect.
The last 11 years as an actor I have been working with a large outfit in the Eastern States that fly me all over the place at least one or two weeks a month to take the character of the various dickheads, victims and unwitting perpetrators to educate people as to their rights, responsibilities and penalties.
I have given up on the remote gigs and interstate as my partners health (and indeed my appetite for performing) but still do the metro gigs here in Perth.
I have listened to the same entitled bullshit from soooo many managers, business owners and corporate parasites who seem to find any and every excuse to not do the right thing, then whinge when they are forcibly educated by the courts.
there is no excuse for discrimination on the grounds laid out in our Employment and Fair Work legislation. None. It is all weak minded excuses from pissant, entitled fuckwits.
- There is an exception for aboriginality as a means to combat the glaring inequalities in education, opportunity and wealth that the 1st nations combat on a day to day basis. One can advertise for an aboriginal worker and restrict hiring to them if the position is suitable, paid at the award rates ( Awards are a system of minimum reward for most professions). Despite the squeals of outrage from the usual suspects nothing but good has come of that policy.