Yousef* is Muslim and has a Palestinian background. He worked as a senior accountant in a human services organisation.
Yousef’s colleagues would often make inappropriate remarks about his ethnicity and religious identity. They would:
Yousef stated that when he made an internal complaint about how he was being treated, he was victimised by his employer when his co-workers retaliated by making unwarranted and vexatious complaints about him.
Yousef then lodged a complaint of race discrimination and victimisation with ADNSW.
The matter was resolved at a conciliation conference when the parties agreed to a:
Note: The definition of Race in the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) includes ethno-religious or national origin. The term ‘ethno-religious origin’ has previously been held to signify a strong association between a person's or a group's nationality or ethnicity, culture, history and his, her or its religious beliefs and practices.
*Name has been changed to protect the privacy of the individual
10 Aug 2022
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