What is unfair treatment?
Under the Policy unfair treatment includes:
Bullying – the persistent and ongoing ill treatment of a person that victimises, humiliates, undermines or threatens that person.
This should not be confused with a manager’s right to properly exercise their authority in a professional manner to give legitimate direction, performance appraisals and to deal with complaints.
Discrimination – occurs when a person is treated less favourably than others on the grounds of age, disability or medical condition, race, sex or sexuality, marital status, religion, political opinion, criminal record (when irrelevant), trade union activity, pregnancy or family responsibilities.
It also includes indirect discrimination – when a rule, policy or practice has an adverse effect or result on a person or group and it is not reasonable in the circumstances.
Harassment – unwelcome, offensive, humiliating or intimidating behaviour or comments aimed at a person or group that makes the person or group feel belittled, intimidated, insulted and/or offended.
Sexual Harassment – unwelcome sexual behaviour where a person feels offended, intimidated or humiliated, and it is reasonable in the circumstances to feel that way.
Victimisation – treating someone unfairly because they act on their rights under University policy or because they have supported someone else who acted on their rights.
Vilification – occurs when a person speaks or writes in an insulting, abusive or defamatory way about or to a person or group. Vilification is commonly associated with the incitement of hatred towards a person, due to their race or religion.