When the word discrimination is used in employment situations, it refers to unlawful distinctions made between individuals or groups that can result in complaints under anti-discrimination laws.

Discrimination can either be direct or indirect. Direct discrimination is easier to detect. Harassment may be a form of direct discrimination.

Indirect discrimination is harder to detect. It may occur when a policy or procedure has an unequal effect on people in a particular group.

 If you think you are being discriminated against, whether directly or indirectly, you have rights under the grievance procedure and are urged to use this as the correct step to address the matter.

The objective of Taipan is to provide an environment where no member of staff is discriminated against and where all employees strive to attain the same objective.


Grounds for unlawful discrimination include:

  • Race
  • Colour
  • Nationality
  • Ethnic or ethno-religious background
  • Gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Marital status
  • Physical or intellectual disability
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age
  • Criminal, religious or medical record
  • Political or trade union activity
  • HIV/AIDS vilification