Equal Employment Opportunity and Discrimination

Equal employment opportunity (EEO) means that all employees have the right to be treated equally in all aspects of their jobs.

Equal employment opportunity should be available in all areas of employment including recruitment, job allocation, promotion and access to all benefits and opportunities.

Current laws make it illegal for your employer to discriminate on grounds such as sex, race, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual preference or parental status.


Laws Governing EEO

Current laws make it illegal for your employer to discriminate on the grounds such as sex, race, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual preference or parental status.

Federal Laws:

  • Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
  • Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1984
  • Racial Discrimination Act 1975
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992
  • Age Discrimination Act 2004


NSW State Law:

NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977


What Does It Mean To You?

Although women make up the majority of shop floor employees, men outnumber women two to one in management positions in the retail industry.

The SDA is committed to ensuring that women are given the same opportunities as men in all aspects of their employment in the retail industry, including access to training and promotion.

Have you ever felt you were denied a promotion to management because you were a woman? Do you believe that women have equal access to training and extra hours in your workplace? These and other aspects of workplace discrimination are areas in which the SDA may be able to help you.



What The SDA Can Do

Equal employment opportunity laws are there to help and protect you. As a union protecting employees in the retail industry, the SDA strives to enforce these laws by making sure employers are meeting their responsibilities.

The SDA will do everything within its power to assist you to achieve equal employment opportunity.

The SDA is already helping you with areas which affect your ability to be treated equally at work through enterprise agreements and regular discussions with companies. Some examples are:

  • Improving job security.
  • Career development and training.
  • Achieving a better deal for employees with family responsibilities through greater access to flexible hours and family leave.
  • Preventing sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination.
  • Encouraging merit-based recruitment and promotion processes.


Where To Go For Help

The Newcastle SDA is available for confidential consultations and any advice or help our members might need.

If there is a problem or a company is not meeting its obligations, our trained staff will see that you are given your rights to equal employment opportunity.


Your Secretary Barbara Nebart says:


“The SDA acknowledges that it is every worker’s right to have equal opportunity in all spheres of employment, particularly in relation to promotional advancement. Equal opportunity policies backed up by programs which promote, develop and maintain non-discriminatory employment and promotion practices are necessary to ensure genuine employer commitment. The SDA has already achieved much in this area and will continue to work towards equal employment opportunity for all of its members.”

      But remember - we're unable to help you unless you let us know that there's a problem.



We’ve got you covered

For news and info from where you work, choose your industry.