Discrimination Lawyers

Employers are obliged to ensure their workplace is free from harassment and discrimination. It is also important that employers take active steps to prevent and minimise discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

In Queensland, discrimination is prohibited under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld). In workplaces, discrimination may also have remedies through the Australian Human Rights Commission or under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

It is important that employers recognise the various protected attributes of individuals they deal with and employ.  Protected attributes include age, breastfeeding status, physical or mental impairment, sexual orientation and race. To obtain advice about your rights following any discrimination you may have faced in the workplace, contact Anderson Fredericks Turner.

Our Locations

Brisbane Employment Lawyers
Beenleigh Employment Lawyers
Sunshine Coast Employment Lawyers
Toowoomba Employment Lawyers
Townsville Employment Lawyers

A POINT OF DIFFERENCE

Courtroom Expertise

Anderson Fredericks Turner has some of the few practising solicitors in Queensland who have been accredited as barristers and worked in that role for a number of years before operating a law firm.

Andrew Anderson and Kerri Fredericks both formerly worked as Senior Crown Prosecutors, meaning they have significant litigation experience in courtrooms and contested hearings.

If you want lawyers who are not still trying to find their feet, we have the courtroom expertise to afford you the best representation for your legal dispute.

Read more

Free Case Assessment – Call Our Team

Contact our firm today for free case assessment about any discrimination you may have faced in your workplace.

If you engage us to represent you, our discrimination lawyers who have experience in assisting individuals with discrimination claims will assist you every step of the way. We:

  • assist you to understand your rights and, if necessary, advance your claim.

  • inform you of your legal obligations, including critical time limitation periods.

  • draft and file documents critical to advancing an application or claim relating to any discrimination you have faced.

  • seek an early resolution to your legal dispute and advocate strongly on your behalf.

Failure to exercise certain rights, or acting on the wrong advice, can fundamentally affect the remedies and entitlements of people who have suffered discrimination. Contact us today for advice and representation.

WHY CHOOSE US

Courtroom Expertise

Anderson Fredericks Turner has some of the few practising solicitors in Queensland who have been accredited as barristers and worked in that role for a number of years before operating a law firm.

Andrew Anderson and Kerri Fredericks both formerly worked as Senior Crown Prosecutors, meaning they have significant litigation experience in courtrooms and contested hearings.

If you want lawyers who are not still trying to find their feet, we have the courtroom expertise to afford you the best representation for your legal dispute.

Read more
Call Us Today

Book Your Consultation

Contact our firm today for free case assessment about any discrimination you may have faced in your workplace.

If you engage us to represent you, our employment lawyers who have experience in assisting individuals with discrimination claims will assist you every step of the way. We:

  • assist you to understand your rights and, if necessary, advance your claim.

  • inform you of your legal obligations, including critical time limitation periods.

  • draft and file documents critical to advancing an application or claim relating to any discrimination you have faced.

  • seek an early resolution to your legal dispute and advocate strongly on your behalf.

Failure to exercise certain rights, or acting on the wrong advice, can fundamentally affect the remedies and entitlements of people who have suffered discrimination. Contact us today for advice and representation.

To book a consultation with one of our discrimination lawyers Call Now: 1300 AFT LEGAL (1300 238 534)

Making a Discrimination Claim

Discrimination Claims - Have you experienced discrimination?

Have You Experienced Discrimination?

There are many forms of discrimination that are unlawful and and result in different types of compensation and remedies as a result of a successful claim. Different State and Commonwealth laws exist to protect different attributes in different areas of life, such as in employment or education. The ‘protected attributes’ of a person may include sex, race, religion, age, impairment, family responsibilities, political beliefs and pregnancy. In some situations, there are exemptions that permit discrimination in certain situations.

Discrimination may be direct or indirect. Direct discrimination is where a person is discriminated against because of a specific personal characteristic of the person.   An example of indirect discrimination might be where an employer implements a policy that seems to be beneficial for all employees as a whole, but it is actually disadvantages an employee or a particular group.

If you feel you have suffered discrimination in employment or in the workplace, Anderson Fredericks Turner can guide you through the process of making a discrimination claim. Contact us for advice and representation.

Discrimination Claims - Starting a discrimination claim

Starting a Discrimination Claim

In Queensland, a person may seek to make a claim through the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ), which is the independent authority that determines claims made under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld). There are many types of discrimination protected by the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, including impairment, sex, relationship status, pregnancy, age, family responsibilities, political beliefs or race. These and other attributes may be the subject of a claim to the ADCQ.

Claims of discrimination, harrassment and bullying may also be made to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) where it relates to the gender or sex of a person, a disability, race or ethnic origin or certain other protected attributes. A person may also seek to pursue a claim through the Fair Work Commission, which may require determination in the Federal Circuit Court.

There are other possible claims that may be made by a person who has suffered discrimination in the workplace and who seeks to pursue action about it. Some instances of discrimination and harassment may constitute a criminal offence, in which case police and other authorities may seek to commence an investigation and pursue criminal charges.

Strict time limits apply to different claims, so getting early and authoritative advice from experienced discrimination lawyers can prevent a loss of entitlement to pursue different claims with different authorities or courts.

Discrimination Claims - Resolving discrimination claims

Resolving Discrimination Claims

The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ), Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and the Fair Work Commission all have conciliation processes where the people involved in the complaint are encouraged to try to reach a resolution on their own terms.

Settling a claim through alternative dispute resolution processes such as a conciliation conference can sometimes achieve settlements that are more amicable, informal and adapted to the individual circumstances. It is often a more efficient and cost effective solution for individuals, organisations and businesses dealing with a discrimination claim.

In circumstances where a claim is not resolved through conciliation processes, a commission or a court may be required to decide the dispute. This generally requires documents and supporting material to be filed by the parties to the dispute in support or defence of a claim. A commissioner or a judge may then decide the claim. If a person is dissatisfied with the outcome, there are often avenues to appeal or review the decision.

Before commencing a claim, it is important to understand the processes, time-frames and decisions that may need to be made to ensure it is an informed decision. In some situations, legal costs can be awarded for or against claimants or defendants to a claim if it is unsuccessful, particularly if it is found to be baseless, frivolous or vexatious. Anderson Fredericks Turner has discrimination lawyers that can guide you through the process from start to finish and help you understand your rights, options and the solutions available to you.

Outcomes from Discrimination Claims

If you have suffered discrimination in employment or in the workplace, there are a number of remedies that may be available.

In some instances, individuals may simply be content to receive an apology or that there be a change to workplace policies. In other situations, monetary compensation may be appropriate for lost wages or opportunities, as well a for the hurt or suffering caused by the discrimination.

If a person has lost their job through discrimination, it may be possible to seek reinstatement to the position.

Each situation will be different. Having discrimination lawyers who can tailor their approach to your case and help you obtain a resolution or court order appropriate to your needs is critical to obtaining a just outcome. Contact Anderson Fredericks Turner if you seek advice or representation about a discrimination claim.

Making a Discrimination Claim

Discrimination Claims - Have you experienced discrimination?

There are many forms of discrimination that are unlawful and and result in different types of compensation and remedies as a result of a successful claim. Different State and Commonwealth laws exist to protect different attributes in different areas of life, such as in employment or education. The ‘protected attributes’ of a person may include sex, race, religion, age, impairment, family responsibilities, political beliefs and pregnancy. In some situations, there are exemptions that permit discrimination in certain situations.

Discrimination may be direct or indirect. Direct discrimination is where a person is discriminated against because of a specific personal characteristic of the person.   An example of indirect discrimination might be where an employer implements a policy that seems to be beneficial for all employees as a whole, but it is actually disadvantages an employee or a particular group.

If you feel you have suffered discrimination in employment or in the workplace, Anderson Fredericks Turner can guide you through the process of making a discrimination claim. Contact us for advice and representation.

Call Us Today
Discrimination Claims - Starting a discrimination claim

In Queensland, a person may seek to make a claim through the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ), which is the independent authority that determines claims made under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld). There are many types of discrimination protected by the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, including impairment, sex, relationship status, pregnancy, age, family responsibilities, political beliefs or race. These and other attributes may be the subject of a claim to the ADCQ.

Claims of discrimination, harrassment and bullying may also be made to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) where it relates to the gender or sex of a person, a disability, race or ethnic origin or certain other protected attributes. A person may also seek to pursue a claim through the Fair Work Commission, which may require determination in the Federal Circuit Court.

There are other possible claims that may be made by a person who has suffered discrimination in the workplace and who seeks to pursue action about it. Some instances of discrimination and harassment may constitute a criminal offence, in which case police and other authorities may seek to commence an investigation and pursue criminal charges.

Strict time limits apply to different claims, so getting early and authoritative advice from experienced discrimination lawyers can prevent a loss of entitlement to pursue different claims with different authorities or courts.

Call Us Today
Discrimination Claims - Resolving discrimination claims

The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ), Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and the Fair Work Commission all have conciliation processes where the people involved in the complaint are encouraged to try to reach a resolution on their own terms.

Settling a claim through alternative dispute resolution processes such as a conciliation conference can sometimes achieve settlements that are more amicable, informal and adapted to the individual circumstances. It is often a more efficient and cost effective solution for individuals, organisations and businesses dealing with a discrimination claim.

In circumstances where a claim is not resolved through conciliation processes, a commission or a court may be required to decide the dispute. This generally requires documents and supporting material to be filed by the parties to the dispute in support or defence of a claim. A commissioner or a judge may then decide the claim. If a person is dissatisfied with the outcome, there are often avenues to appeal or review the decision.

Before commencing a claim, it is important to understand the processes, time-frames and decisions that may need to be made to ensure it is an informed decision. In some situations, legal costs can be awarded for or against claimants or defendants to a claim if it is unsuccessful, particularly if it is found to be baseless, frivolous or vexatious. Anderson Fredericks Turner has discrimination lawyers that can guide you through the process from start to finish and help you understand your rights, options and the solutions available to you.

Call Us Today

If you have suffered discrimination in employment or in the workplace, there are a number of remedies that may be available.

In some instances, individuals may simply be content to receive an apology or that there be a change to workplace policies. In other situations, monetary compensation may be appropriate for lost wages or opportunities, as well a for the hurt or suffering caused by the discrimination.

If a person has lost their job through discrimination, it may be possible to seek reinstatement to the position.

Each situation will be different. Having discrimination lawyers who can tailor their approach to your case and help you obtain a resolution or court order appropriate to your needs is critical to obtaining a just outcome. Contact Anderson Fredericks Turner if you seek advice or representation about a discrimination claim.

Call Us Today