Examples of unfair treatment

Commonly reported forms of bullying include humiliation through sarcasm, unwarranted criticism, innuendo and deliberate exclusion. Examples of bullying in the workplace include: undermining or deliberately impeding a person’s work or spreading malicious gossip about a person that is not true.

Age – preferring a job applicant on the basis of the assumed attributes of their age group – ‘all young people are not experienced’ or ‘all older people are set in their ways’.
Disability or Medical Condition – not employing a person with a disability because of the cost of providing special equipment to accommodate that person’s disability in the workplace.
Race – not hiring a person for a job because of their nationality or ethnic origin.
Sex and sexuality – requiring a specified period of continuous service for promotion (this could discriminate against women as they are more likely to have interruptions to their working lives to have children).
Refusing to engage in a work project with another staff member because of their sexual orientation.
Family responsibility – continually setting meetings outside the normal span of hours so that attendance impacts on family responsibilities.


Making disparaging remarks in a meeting about the abilities of one gender over another or one race over another.
Sexual harassment
Sending unwelcome emails with sexually offensive or graphic material, smutty jokes or comments.
Treating a staff member unfavourably because they have made a complaint of discrimination.