Stories of gender discrimination in the workplace are constantly in the media. The trend of treating someone unfavourably because of their gender identity remains quite prevalent in workplaces across sectors. Females have been disproportionately represented in this category, making up 78 per cent of sex discrimination complainants according to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) between 2018 to 2019.

gender discrimination lawyers

There are several gender stereotypes used to motivate conduct against employees, and these gender assumptions, known as ‘imputed characteristics’, may also be discrimination based on gender.

It is unlawful for a person to discriminate against another on the ground of their gender identity. This applies if the discrimination occurs because of:

  • the employee’s gender identity;
  • a characteristic that applies generally to a person with the same gender identity as the employee; or
  • a characteristic that is generally imputed to persons with the same gender identity as the employee.

Australian workers are protected by these provisions regardless of if they are intersex or transsexual. It has also been found that sexual harassment can constitute sex discrimination. Even though harassment implies some form of repetition, generally one act of sex discrimination may be sufficient.

Our clients' satisfaction is pivotal to our own success.

  • July 2020

    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend McDonald Murholme. From the initial consultation, right through to the resolution process, the entire team was supportive, knowledgable and approachable and made what can be a difficult situation much easier. Specifically Trent and Alexandra provided a high level of service, and engaged with me in a very personable manner. I am extremely satisfied with the service I received.
  • July 2020

    I couldn't recommend the team from McDonald Murholme more. Mr Sam Nottle was efficient, professional and achieved a wonderful result. If you are questioning whether to go ahead with an employment matter legally, I would urge you to do so. The team at McDonald Murholme made the process easy & reduced all of my anxiety and stress. Thank you again, Mr Nottle & team, I can't express my appreciation enough.
  • June 2020

    I found Arthur Hambas & Katherine Boyles extremely professional & compassionate in my dealings with them. After telling Arthur that I felt the details surrounding my redundancy felt wrong he took on my case & secured me a better payout from my employer. I would not hesitate to recommend Mcdonald Murholme to anyone that has a feeling that something isn't quite right. I greatly appreciate everything you did.
  • May 2020

    Extremely happy with the service received from all the staff members i had to deal with. The lawyer allocated for my case (Michael Kriewaldt) was extremely professional and handled the case very smoothly. Highly recommend their services.
  • May 2020

    I found Arthur Hambas & Katherine Boyles extremely professional & compassionate in my dealings with them. After telling Arthur that I felt the details surrounding my redundancy felt wrong he took on my case & secured me a better payout from my employer. I would not hesitate to recommend Mcdonald Murholme to anyone that has a feeling that something isn't quite right. I greatly appreciate everything you did.
  • April 2020

    The solicitors at the firm were very prompt and actioned my complaint against my employer very quickly. I obtained the result I wanted, in fact, I got a better result than what I had originally asked for. I was very pleased with the results and would highly recommend McDonald Murholme.
  • March 2020

    I would like to say that McDonald Murholme have treated me with nothing but professionalism and also great service. Trent, a principal in the firm is attentive to your needs and will ensure your case is handled with care and mindful consideration to all parameters involved.

Speak to an employment lawyer who has acted for thousands of employees like you.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.