Discrimination

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Discrimination means that the employer has not treated the worker in the same way as other workers because of the worker's:

  • Sex
  • Religious beliefs
  • Colour
  • Ethnicity
  • Age
  • Employment status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marital status
  • Ethical beliefs
  • Race
  • Disability
  • Political opinion
  • Family status
  • Union involvement

If you believe that you have been discriminated against, you can choose to take a Personal Grievance under the ERA 2000 or take a complaint to the Human Rights Commission (except for discrimination based on your union involvement). You can't do both.

If you choose to complain to the Human Rights Commission , the toll-free telephone number is 0800 496 877 within New Zealand.