7 Dark Sides of Work

Discrimination

Discrimination happens when someone is treated unfairly because of their background or certain personal characteristics. It’s illegal to discriminate based on disability, age, sex, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or carer’s responsibilities. 

I’ve also seen discrimination occur because of the relationships people do or don’t have with others. It’s great to have relationships, but it becomes unfair when someone is given better treatment or more opportunity than others. For example, when someone is given a promotion and they don’t have the skill set or requirements for the role, yet others in the team do. 

Treating someone unfairly because they’re different and they don’t look or think like you is prehistoric… A diverse and inclusive workplace improves creativity, innovation, growth, diversification of skills and the bottom line.

It’s also illegal to discriminate against someone if they have had a previous workers compensation claim, have been made redundant in the past, or due to a mental illness or injury. 

Benefits of diversity

Research shows that diversity can be good for business. It promotes:

  • better business performance and productivity from employees
  • more creative and innovative thinking among staff
  • improved staff health and wellbeing
  • lower risk of discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

Resources

Find out more about discrimination and your rights at work 

Racism

We are all part of one human race. Racism is prejudice, discrimination or hatred directed at someone because of their colour, ethnicity or national origin. Racism and sexism are major cultural issues in Australia. 

People who have never experienced racism are often the first to defend Australia in the belief that racism does not exist. The same people dismiss name calling and jokes about the way a particular ethnicity drives, mocking their accent, how they dress, saying that people should go back to where they came from or they should learn to speak the English language properly.

As a white Australian woman, I have never experienced racism (sexism on the other hand is a different story), my ancestors are not from this country and I don’t know the native language of the people of Awabakal land where I currently live and work. 

I’d like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and culture. I pay respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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