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Employee and workplace rights

All employees deserve to be treated fairly and with respect. It’s not just good for business; it’s the law. Discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying cost time and money, damage morale, reduce productivity and undermine reputations. Employers’ responsibilities apply across all stages of employment, including recruitment, during pregnancy, returning to work after parental leave, if you are injured or ill, and if you are being dismissed or made redundant.

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Key stats


of complaints we received in 2020-21 were about unfair treatment in the workplace.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission


is the difference in likelihood for gender diverse companies to financially outperform their peers.


Karim's story

"The advertiser was looking for 'a driven, energetic and young marketing expert' to join their team – I thought all of those things sounded like me, but I wasn’t sure that I still qualified as 'young'. It sounded discriminatory to me."

Related resources

Guideline: Transgender people at work – Complying with the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 in employment – Jul 2014


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The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission stands on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung Peoples of the Kulin Nation. We recognise their cultures, histories, diversity and deep connection to this land and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Sovereignty has never been ceded – this land always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.