Victimisation occurs when an employee who has made a complaint or intends to make a complaint against an employer is treated less favourably by the employer or co-workers, than other employees. Victimisation also occurs if a witness to another employee’s treatment that has resulted in a complaint is also treated less favourably than other employees. Victimisation often occurs following a complaint either to the Human Rights Commission or upon application to a court of law as a result of sex, race, age, disability, religious beliefs, pregnancy, marital status or sexual orientation discrimination or harassment. If you believe that you may be a victim of this unlawful behaviour our discrimination solicitors who are employment law specialist offer advice, guidance and representation with a view to taking legal action. A claim for victimisation can be added by your solicitor to the existing claim giving a further head of damages to be considered in the final award. If your initial claim has been resolved your lawyer can start a new action covering the victimisation. In all cases there are time limits and legal advice from an employment law solicitor should be obtained at the first possible opportunity. Do yourself justice and give our lawyers a call.Solicitors Helpline: ☎ 1800 633 090
Victimisation can take many forms and it is often not direct and overt. Whilst bullying, harassment, verbal abuse and threats may be blatant victimisation there are other more sophisticated attempts to thwart the ends of justice such as denying requests for overtime or refusing to provide a reference or providing a reference which mentions the action being pursued by the applicant. There may also be a situation where a whole group of employees is effectively punished in order to cause detriment to the intended victim or to ensure that the intended victim suffers the wrath of affected co-workers. If you complain about discrimination in any of the areas listed above and are then treated unfavourably, you may have a claim for victimisation. The law protects employees who enforce their rights, and the rights of others, to equal opportunities in the workplace.Solicitors Helpline: ☎ 1800 633 090
Our victimisation solicitors are employment law specialist. Unfortunately due to the financial constraints of running these difficult and technical cases we are only able to offer assistance to high skill employees who earn more than $100,000 per year which will include professionals, managers, directors, executives and senior civil servants. We regret this financial limit however damages awarded are related to income and the cost of running a defended legal case is not viable for employees on a lesser salary.