Discrimination in the Workplace (LAWS6039)


In this unit we examine the nature of discrimination in the workplace and the legal response to it in Australia. We start by considering the theoretical perspectives on equality that underpin our legislation and ideas about effective regulation. We then examine how anti-discrimination law is applied in respect of a number of different grounds of discrimination - such as sex, race, disability, and family responsibilities - reviewing recent cases and current issues. We will also discuss enforcement mechanisms and processes under anti-discrimination legislation and what, if any, effect the legislation has had on workplace processes and culture. While NSW law will be considered, the focus will be on federal legislation, looking at anti-discrimination laws, anti-discrimination provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), and the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth).

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Intro Class: Apr 26 (6-8) then May 13, 14 & 27, 28 (9-5)


Three components of assessment and students can choose the weighting: Regime A - class participation (0%), online short-answer quiz (35%) and 5500 wd essay (65%); or Regime B - class participation (15%), online short-answer quiz (25%) and 5500 wd essay (60%)

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Additional Information

MLLR students may enrol in this unit before completing LAWS6071 Labour Law

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.