What does the law say about workplace sexual harassment?
• Australian Human Rights Commission
Sexual harassment is a human rights issue; it is also a workplace hazard that is known to cause psychological and physical harm.
This factsheet contains information about:
- The definition of sexual harassment
- The definition of workplace sexual harassment
- Other workplace rights
There are a number of laws at the federal, state and territory, and international levels that are relevant to workplace sexual harassment, including:
- The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) (“Sex Discrimination Act”)
- The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“Fair Work Act”)
- State and territory anti-discrimination, equal opportunity and human rights laws
- Commonwealth, state and territory Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws
- Commonwealth, state and territory workers’ compensation laws
- Criminal law
- Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
These laws seek to create safer and more respectful workplaces.
Download the factsheet for more information.