Harassment is generally defined to mean unwanted, uninvited and inappropriate behaviour based on a person’s sex, race or disability. The conduct includes oral and written statements and physical gestures.
Equal opportunity legislation provides protection to all employees, whether they are full time, part time, casual or sub-contractors against harassment in the workplace.
There are 3 types of harassment, namely-
Racial harassment including offensive or insulting comments or other behaviour about a person’s colour, ethnic background or origin.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that a reasonable person would be offended, humiliated or intimidated by.
Disability Harassment as outlined in the Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992. It is not defined in the Act but it is generally understood to consist of offensive, abusive, threatening or exclusive behaviour in relation to a person’s disability.