Despite increasing awareness of the negative effects of various forms of discrimination, it’s still a major problem in Australian workplaces. Although it’s not the most common issue, sexual orientation discrimination can have severe impacts if not dealt with fast and correctly.
Those suffering from discrimination due to their sexual orientation are likely to suffer from mental health problems including depression, anxiety, insomnia and more. Fortunately, though, you are protected from all forms of discrimination under Australian law.
In the rest of this article, we’ve explored some of the best strategies for overcoming workplace gender discrimination. Read these carefully, and remember – it’s never too late to seek professional legal and medical help if you need to.
- Tell People that There’s a Problem
It’s important that you never just accept workplace gender or sexual orientation discrimination as the norm. Instead, make people aware of the problem. In many cases, this will be the only step you need to take.
For example, if you feel like your mental health is suffering because of the conduct of one of your coworkers, make sure you tell them. If they don’t listen, take your concerns to your manager or HR department – they are legally obliged to deal with issues like this within the workplace.
In the rare case that your managers don’t address the problem, you will need to seek legal advice. We’d recommend reaching out to your local employment lawyers for more help.