Maintaining a workplace free of discrimination, harassment, victimisation and bullying

Employers have a responsibility to prevent and promptly address discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), victimisation and bullying in the workplace.

It is important to note that a lack of formal complaints does not necessarily indicate that a problem doesn’t exist; it could be that people do not feel confident to complain, are afraid or embarrassed.

The Equal Opportunity Commission of South Australia has developed an Equal Opportunity at Work Information Handbook for Employers that provides practical information for embedding Equal Opportunity in the workplace including action checklists and templates. A number of training courses are also available.

Safe Work SA also has also developed a Guide for preventing and responding to workplace bullying.

Further information regarding employer responsibilities, contact the Equal Opportunity Commission of South Australia and Safe Work SA.

 

 

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Questions for reflection:

  • What is your organisation’s process for addressing discrimination, harassment, victimisation and bullying complaints?
  • How are employees made aware and reminded of their rights and responsibilities?
  • Are leaders aware of their role and responsibilities in the event they receive a complaint or a notified of a workplace incident? Has this included offering any training?
  • Does your organisation have dedicated Equal Opportunity Officers?
  • Do employees have access to an Employee Assistance Program to support with counselling?