Sex and Age Discrimination Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 (Cth.)

Sex and Age Discrimination Legislation Amendment Bill 2010

The Bill was introduced to parliament on 30 September 2010, and if passed will amend a number of areas, including; breastfeeding, family responsibilities and the definition of sexual harassment.

The definition of sexual harassment is amplified by the inclusion of:

(a)          the sex, age, marital status, sexual preference, religious belief, race, colour, or national or ethnic origin, of the person harassed;

(b)          the relationship between the person harassed and the person who made the advance or requestor who engaged in the conduct;

(c)           any disability of the person harassed;

(d)          any other relevant circumstance.

It will also operate provided either the person the subject of harassment or the perpetrator is in a workplace. It will not be a requirement for both to be in the same workplace.

In addition, an Age Discrimination Commissioner role is created before the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Brisbane Barrister – David Cormack

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