Pharmacist highlights risk of indirect racial discrimination

A clinical pharmacist employed by a Local Health District has highlighted the risk of employers being found in breach of racial discrimination provisions of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. While many aspects of the pharmacist’s claim, including being directly discriminated against due to his Arab race were rejected, a claim of indirect discrimination on this ground was upheld in a recent decision by the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal. The issue The NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on the ground of race. Such discrimination can be either: s 7(1)(a) direct: when the employee is treated less favourably than persons of

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