In Australia, every employee has workplace rights. These rights address things like pay and conditions, health and workplace safety, and even workplace bullying.

To learn more about your rights in the workplace, read on. And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of Owen Hodge’s employment lawyers.

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‘Workplace rights’ is a broad term under the Fair Work Act 2009, but some common employee legal rights include:

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Protection from unlawful actions

Under the Fair Work Act 2009, the above rights are protected from certain unlawful actions, including but not limited to:

  • Adverse action
  • Coercion
  • Misrepresentations and/or undue influence or pressure in relation to:
    • Flexibility arrangements
    • Deductions from wages

Adverse actions are actions that are unlawful if they are taken for particular reasons (i.e. discrimination).

Examples of unfair treatment include:

  • Dismissing employees unfairly
  • Injuring employees in their employment
  • Altering employees’ position to their detriment
  • Discriminating between one employee and other employees
  • Refusing to employ a prospective employee
  • Discriminating against a prospective employee on the terms and conditions in the offer of employment
  • Discriminating against a contractor

If you have any questions about what is considered an adverse action, please speak to the adverse action lawyers at Owen Hodge.

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If adverse action has been taken against you, or you believe your workplace rights have been breached, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman. Depending on your circumstances, you may also wish to speak to an employment lawyer about what other action can be taken.

If you are an employee or an employer and would like to know more about workplace rights and adverse actions, please feel free to contact our team of experienced workplace lawyers in Sydney, Hurstville and Oran Park.

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