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Bullying and harassment

Some common questions about workplace discrimination, bullying and harassment:

No. It is only discrimination if there is an actual adverse action, like firing you or demoting you, and the reason for the action is based on a protected attribute (characteristic). Bullying and harassment may or may not be based on a personal characteristic like race or gender. It is repeated behaviour that causes you harm.

No. You can lodge an application yourself with the Fair Work Commission. The advantage of having a lawyer is that they will be able to advise you about whether your claim is valid, explain what you can reasonably expect to achieve, support you through the claim process, and ensure that you have all the evidence that you need to support your claim and ultimately get the greatest result.

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