Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Facts and figures: a couple of the strange requirements of Australian anti-discrimination laws


A story in today’s Sydney Daily Telegraph mentioned a couple of anti-discrimination rules, neither of which seem terribly conducive to workplace harmony:

The memo [the subject of the story] also drew opposition from NSW Anti-Discrimination Board president Stepan Kerkyasharian, who described it as "very shortsighted".

One anti-discrimination law guideline issued by the ADB states it is "against the law to stop you speaking in your own language at work unless it stops the work or study being done properly". Another states it is "against the law for an employer to insist that you speak English fluently unless it is reasonable for the particular job".
[my emphasis]
Reginaldvs Cantvar
Feast of St. Andrew Avelino, Confessor, A.D. 2009

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