In 2009, protections were enacted for the first time in the labour law statute that enable workers to bring a claim alleging discrimination in their employment beyond the context of termination of employment. Those provisions are positioned as part of a set of General Protections contained in Part 3-1 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). They were enacted to operate alongside anti-discrimination law, which has been in existence in Australia for some 40 years. This article reports on a research project that has examined the development of the Part 3-1 protections, and their interactions with anti-discrimination law, to address the question of whether the new protections enacted with the 2009 labour law statute have furthered substantive equality at work. Due to a number of matters explored in the article, the authors conclude that such equality remains elusive in Australia.
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||Australian Journal of Labour Law|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- labour law
- Discrimination law