Employment and discrimination

Legal information and services that can help you with employment law problems.

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Common legal issues for workers

Many people experience legal problems at work. Redfern Legal Centre provides free and confidential legal advice about a wide range of employment law issues.

We can help you with issues including:

  • Being underpaid
  • Recovering unpaid wages 
  • Being fired
  • Your rights at work
  • Workplace discrimination
  • Sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace

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Free and confidential legal advice about problems at work.

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How to contact us

To request free legal advice about your employment law matter:

If you need an interpreter, call us using the free Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.


If we are able to advise you, we will arrange for an employment lawyer call you back. 

If we are not able to assist you we may refer you to other services and resources, including those listed on this page. Learn more about accessing our services.

How we can help: John’s story

John* is an Aboriginal man who lives in Redfern. He worked full-time as an editor in a large company.

During his employment, John suffered ongoing racial discrimination from his colleagues, who would tell John that famous Aboriginal Australians on television were “too pale” and make other racial slurs. John reported this discrimination to his manager and HR but no disciplinary action was taken.  

John became increasingly upset by these comments and the lack of support from his employer. After working for his employer for ten years, John was made redundant and didn’t know what to do about his situation.  

RLC assisted John to lodge a complaint of unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race at the Australian Human Rights Commission. John received $40,000 in damages and compensation for racial discrimination and his employer’s vicarious liability as they failed to take all reasonable steps to prevent the discrimination from occurring. 

*Name and identifying details have been changed.

Thank you so much... I honestly do not know what I would have done without you. If only more people like you existed, our world would have been a better place.

Employment and discrimination news

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Redfern Legal Centre stands with a coalition of Aboriginal and legal organisations that say a secret proposal to tighten NSW bail laws for children would make NSW regional communities more dangerous. Multiple government sources have indicated off the record that a proposal to introduce punitive law and order measures – including changes to bail laws that will result in more children going to jail – may be considered as early as this week.

Let's Talk About Confidentiality is a research report published on 6 March 2024 by Sharmilla Bargon and Regina Featherstone, the inaugural Social Justice Practitioners-in-Residence at The University of Sydney. In August 2023, Bargon and Featherstone set out to find how sexual harassment practitioners were resolving out-of-court sexual harassment settlements and how they approached confidentiality terms.
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