Discrimination in the Workplace


Do you have the right policies and procedures in place?

There are no end of stories involving people that did not get a job because of their gender or race, or leaving their workplaces due to discrimination. Developing an understanding about discrimination and how to avoid it is the best way of protecting your employees and your small business.

Discrimination occurs when employers treat an employee or potential employee unfavourably because of protected attributes, workplace rights, or industrial activities. This includes:

  • Threatening an employee
  • Firing an employee
  • Injuring an employee in their employment
  • Changing an employee’s job to disadvantage them
  • Treating an employee differently to others
  • Offering terms and contracts that are different from other employees
  • Not hiring an individual

Protected attributes that you cannot discriminate against are:

  • Sex (gender) or sexual orientation
  • Race or colour
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Religion or political convictions
  • Pregnancy or breast feeding
  • Physical or mental impairment
  • Family or carers responsibilities

Having clear and concise discrimination policies will benefit your small business greatly. A diverse workforce can encourage creativity, while different perspectives on issues facing the business can help you reach the best possible outcome for all involved. A wide range of people from all walks of life will ensure that your company’s reputation is a glowing one.

For more information on discrimination in the workplace contact us on (08) 9316 9896 or enquiries@processworx.com.au.


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Marisa Ross

HR Advisor

Marisa is an experienced and motivated HR professional with a strong HR generalist and business operations background with a focus on employee relations, performance management, leadership training & development, workers compensation & injury management, and employee retention. Marisa holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with a minor in Counselling. Having worked in a variety of industries from SMEs to large blue-chip organisations, Marisa is passionate about enriching employee experience, employee retention, and building leadership capability in people management.

Aimee Grigson

Aimee Grigson

WHS Advisor

Aimee has a strong understanding of Workplace Health and Safety Legislation and standards and has extensive HSEQ experience in a number of industries. Aimee has a great ability to engage across all levels of organisation, including field teams, leadership and external stakeholders. Aimee ensures Health and Safety Management Systems are compliant to legislation, effectively implemented and understood by all. Aimee has a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety and qualifications in auditing and incident investigations. Aimee is passionate about coaching and developing small businesses towards a positive safety culture.