Staff Inductions and EEO

Do you have a suitable induction program at your venue?Queensland Clubs should have a policy, addressing equal employment opportunities and workplace discrimination, included in their induction program. Below are some suggested items to include in the policy.

The club is an equal-opportunity employer. All employees are treated on their merits – without regard to race, age, sex, relationship status or any other factor not applicable to the position. Employees are valued according to how well they perform their duties and on their ability to maintain company standards of service.

The club believes that all employees should be able to work in an environment free of discrimination, victimisation, sexual harassment and vilification. We consider these behaviours unacceptable and they will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Under the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (the Act), discrimination, victimisation, sexual harassment and vilification are illegal.

Discrimination in employment on the following grounds or attributes is against the law under the Act :

• Sex, sexuality, gender identity or lawful sexual activity
• Relationship status
• Pregnancy
• Breastfeeding
• Parental status
• Family responsibilities
• Age
• Race
• Impairment
• Religious belief or religious activity
• Political belief or activity
• Trade union activity
• Association with someone with an attribute above

What is discrimination?

Discrimination occurs when someone is treated unfavourably because of an attribute under the Act.

Discrimination may involve:

• Making offensive ‘jokes’ about another worker’s racial or ethnic background, sex, sexual preference, age or disability
• Expressing negative stereotypes about particular groups, e.g. “married women shouldn’t be working”
• Judging someone on their political or religious beliefs rather than their work performance
• Using selection processes based on irrelevant attributes such as age, race or disability rather than on skills and merit
An effective induction program ensures that the staff must have an understanding of equal employment opportunities and workplace discrimination.