Behind the conciliation doors: Settling discrimination complaints in Victoria

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The vast majority of discrimination complaints do not reach a substantive hearing. Most are resolved through alternative dispute resolution (ADR), or withdrawn or settled prior to hearing; however, there is little publicly available information on the outcomes the parties negotiate prior to hearing. This article presents a study of settling discrimination complaints in Victoria based on interviews conducted with participants in that process. It explores the reasons why parties decide to settle rather than litigate, and examines what outcome complainants initially seek and what they ultimately settle for. Since many of the findings are consistent with earlier empirical studies, the article concludes by canvassing recent reform options that would address persistent problems with anti-discrimination law and improve its effectiveness in addressing individual complaints and wider discrimination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)778-799
Number of pages22
JournalGriffith Law Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

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