On Sunday night, Waleed Aly won the Gold Logie and took the opportunity to point out the discrimination and underrepresentation in the television industry.

“Not so long ago actually … someone who is in this room, and I’m not going to use the name they use in the industry, came up to me, introduced themselves and said to me, ‘I really hope you win. My name is Mustafa. But I can’t use that name because I won’t get a job’,” Aly said in his acceptance speech.

JFM Law is a boutique firm of employment law specialists, and we have dealt with a number of matters concerning racial or religious discrimination by employers towards employees, both during the recruitment process and once an employee is hired.

Section 351 of the Fair Work Act states that an employer must not take adverse action against an employee or prospective employee based on their race, colour or religion, amongst other categories.

Similarly, legislation such as the Racial Discrimination Act and the Equal Opportunity Act set out laws that all employers must follow with regards to discrimination.

However, such incidents are often due to unconscious bias, and are insidious and difficult to prove.

Regardless, employers must ensure that they don’t discriminate against current or potential employees, and that there are appropriate anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies implemented.

I would be more than happy to discuss this with you further and be contacted for a quote about any follow ups you may be doing for this story.

Contact: John Morrissey or Chris Lowe at front.desk@jfmlaw.com.au, chris.lowe@jfmlaw.com.au or (02) 9331 0266.