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This Fact Sheet discusses state and federal laws that protect workers from discrimination based on parental status, carer status or family responsibilities.
It is designed to help you identify your rights and to take the most appropriate action if you believe you have been discriminated against in employment because of your parental status, carer status or family responsibilities.
Federal and state anti-discrimination laws make it unlawful to discriminate against a person because of their parental status, carer status or family responsibilities in the area of employment, which covers employees and independent contractors. They protect workers from discrimination at all stages of employment, including:
If you have been dismissed from your job or other discriminatory conduct has occurred because of your parental status, carer status or family responsibilities, you may be able to make a state or federal discrimination complaint.
The process for lodging a complaint in each jurisdiction is set out in the attached Fact Sheet, which we recommend you download.
Call our Telephone Information Service on Melbourne Metro (03) 9662 1933 or Regional Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania on 1800 331 617.
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