Work behaviours

Employment law issues and workplace disputes are often difficult and unpleasant, and if not handled properly can have devastating consequences for your professional and financial future. Sometimes retaining a solicitor is the best way to successfully resolve a workplace or employment issue. If you have been exposed to negative workplace behaviours, or if you are facing a workplace investigation or disciplinary action, Maurice Blackburn can help you.

At Maurice Blackburn we understand that employment law matters need to be handled with determination and discretion. We deliver strategic advice and realistic, achievable solutions to your specific concerns and strive to protect your current and future income and professional reputation.

Contact us to find out how our specialist employment lawyers can assist you today.

Workplace bullying

Maurice Blackburn can put a stop to bullying behaviours. Anyone can be subjected to bullying in the workplace, regardless of their salary or seniority. Bullying occurs when an individual or a group of individuals repeatedly behaves unreasonably towards an employee and that behaviour creates a risk to health and safety. It is irrelevant whether the individual or individuals who are bullying intend to bully the victim.

At Maurice Blackburn, our expert employment lawyers can help you quickly and discretely put a stop to bullying and protect your rights as an employee. If you are being bullied at work or have witnessed bullying in the workplace, contact us today.

Workplace discrimination

Workplace discrimination occurs when an employer takes adverse action against an employee or prospective employee because of a protected or personal attribute such as age, gender or ethnicity. Things such as political opinion, social background and religion are also protected attributes. Our expert employment lawyers can help people who have suffered either direct or indirect discrimination in the workplace.

Direct discrimination includes being dismissed, demoted, disadvantaged or treated badly at work. Indirect discrimination occurs where an employment condition, requirement or practice is imposed on you that disadvantages you because of an attribute you have. An example is the requirement that you regularly attend staff meetings outside of school hours if you have family or caring responsibilities.

If you think you are being subjected to either direct or indirect discrimination at work, we can help you fight for your rights and claim compensation for lost salary, hurt, distress, pain and suffering.

Contact us today to find out how we can help.

Workplace harassment

Workplace harassment can happen to employees and senior staff at any level, and is surprisingly common at executive and board level. If you feel that you have been harassed or discriminated against, we can provide sound legal advice and realistic solutions.

If you have been made to feel intimidated, insulted or humiliated because of your race, colour, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, sexual preference, or some other characteristic, we can help you fight for your rights and claim compensation for lost salary, hurt, distress, pain and suffering.

Maurice Blackburn’s employment lawyers help people who have suffered discrimination. Contact us today for more information on what we can do for you.

Workplace rights and adverse reaction

Workplace rights and associated protections apply to all employees, from construction workers to senior executives, irrespective of what you earn. At Maurice Blackburn we are committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that you receive appropriate compensation for any wrongs you suffer for exercising these rights.

All employees have workplace rights and you can't be harmed or subjected to an adverse action by an employer for exercising these rights. We have won and settled cases against some of the biggest employers in the country and the wins have set precedents for compensating employees.

At Maurice Blackburn we lead the way in prosecuting successful adverse action claims. Talk to us today to find out how we can help you.

Sexual harassment

Have you been sexually harassed at work? Our specialist employment solicitors are experienced in supporting, advising and representing employees with workplace sexual harassment claims. In addition to compensation, we can also seek apologies and undertakings to train employees.

Unlike workplace bullying and harassment, workplace sexual harassment does not need to be repeated, it can be a one-off incident. If you have been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, we can help.

Maurice Blackburn can help you claim compensation for lost income, hurt, distress, pain and suffering. Call us today to discuss how we can help you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are my workplace and adverse action rights under Federal laws?

A workplace right includes making a complaint or enquiry in relation to your employment. There are also whistle-blower protections for you in your employment. These protections apply to all employees, from construction workers to Senior Executives, irrespective of what you earn.

The Fair Work Act 2009 prevents your employer pretending that you are a contractor when in fact you are an employee. You also can't be dismissed from your employment because you were temporarily absent from work (up to three months across one year). The Act provides a range of general conditions most workers are entitled to in Australia.

Under the Act, adverse action includes termination of employment, changing your conditions to your detriment, disciplinary action and discrimination. 

How are workplace rights enforced?

If a matter does go to court, it is up to the employer to prove that it did not take adverse action against you because you exercised a workplace right.  It is important to note that time limits apply in making applications so get advice as soon as possible.

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