FROM THE EDITOR - WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION
FROM THE EDITOR
If you have been treated unfairly at work, the first place you should go for advice is your workplace policies – most workplaces will have policies around medical leave, performance management, bullying and other common workplace issues and you need to address issues internally with your manager in the first instance. As a back-up, you should be able to consult with the HR department. Of course, these systems don’t always work and it’s not always possible to talk through issues.
In cases of discrimination if you have access to a union or professional association you can ask your workplace union rep how they can help. It is very rare for unions to take up a case if you only join them when you are in trouble; you need to have a history as a member to get their help. The union can provide legal advice, support you through difficulties and sit with you during meetings with your employers.
The Fair Work Commission is there to help you resolve workplace issues by providing you with information and advice to help you resolve matters at the workplace level. If you can’t resolve the issue with your employer, the Commission may be able to help settle the matter. If necessary, this may entail a hearing in a setting like a Court, where your case will be discussed and mediated. This may result in getting you back to work or settling dismissal terms including any payment. The Commission has a very useful website: