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Kamal Farouque

Principal Lawyer
Kamal Farouque

Kamal Farouque is a Principal Lawyer in Maurice Blackburn's Employment practice with extensive experience in employmentdiscrimination and workplace law.

Practice Area

Employment issues



Kamal is one of Australia’s best employment lawyers for employees.

Kamal has been rated in the legal industry Doyle’s Guide as one of few preeminent  employment lawyers for employees every year since 2016. 

He provides high level strategic advice and representation for employees about a wide range of employment disputes and issues including:

  • Workplace investigations
  • Employment disciplinary processes
  • Unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal,  reasonable notice dismissal claims
  • Redundancy pay claims
  • Fair Work Act adverse action (general protections) dismissal claims
  • Bullying and harassment claims
  • Sexual harassment claims 
  • Discrimination claims including sex discrimination, race discrimination, parental leave discrimination
  • Contractual pay rights including bonus rights, short term incentive (STI) payments, long term incentive (LTI) payments and sales commission payments
  • Statutory employment rights of Commonwealth and Victorian public sector employees
  • Negotiating contracts of employment which better protect employee rights, and
  • Exit strategies to negotiate favourable terms of departure when the employment relationship has deteriorated.

Kamal represents clients in various Courts and Tribunals including the Federal Court, the Supreme Court of Victoria, Fair Work Commission and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Some of the cases Kamal has conducted include:

  • Representation of a Cricket Australia employee sacked after a series of tweets about reproductive rights
  • Sexual harassment cases involving large settlements against major companies and public sector bodies.
  • Reinstatement and overturning the suspension of a senior Victorian public sector employee.  See Quinn v Overland (Federal Court)
  • Reinstatement and a large compensation payment for an employee dismissed for circulating a “Downfall meme” at his workplace. See Scott Tracey v BP Refinery (Fair Work Commission)
  • Reinstatement of a dismissed employee by Federal Court injunction
  • Reinstatement and a large compensation payment for a senior bank IT professional who was dismissed for flawed misconduct allegations (Fair Work Commission)
  • Recovering significant underpayments for Victorian special operations group police officers Chief Commissioner of Police v Kerley (Federal Court of Australia) 

Memberships & accreditations

  • Law Institute of Victoria | Member
  • legalsuper | Australian Super Fund | Board Director


  • Doyle's Guide | VIC Preeminent Employment Lawyer | 2017 - 2024
  • Doyle's Guide | AUS Preeminent Employment Lawyer | 2016 - 2023

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