People with disability have rights to protection against unlawful discrimination in employment, outlined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and State & Territory legislation, which includes the South Australian Equal Opportunity Act (1984).
The legislation covers all areas of employment and makes it unlawful for a person to be discriminated against because of their disability. In the area of employment and work, this includes:
If you believe you have been subjected to unlawful discrimination you can seek advice from a disability advocacy organisation. There are some things to consider when lodging a complaint, which they can help with:
You may choose to lodge a complaint under the Federal Disability Discrimination through the Australian Human Rights Commission. Or you can lodge a complaint through the State legislation through the Office of the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity. Both have some differences in how they operate and provide support, so it is recommended that you consult with an advocacy organisation when lodging a complaint for advice and support. They can help you document your complaint and understand the process.
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