Human Rights Commission complaints

A job advertisement stating “precious fairies need not apply”; a school telling a teen to hide his homosexuality, and being told “goodbye gay boy” by a senior colleague are some of the discrimination complaints related to sexual orientation lodged in the past two years.

In 2015 and 2016 the Human Rights Commission (HRC) received 61 complaints alleging discrimination due to one’s sexual orientation – a total of 317 in the past decade.

Figures released to the Herald under the Official Information Act (OIA) showed the majority were lodged by men (175), compared to women (57) and transgender (11).

Most incidents were reportedly in the workplace (101), followed by those that occurred in relation to the provision of goods and services (84).