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.