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Equal opportunity law applies to full time, part time, casual, contract and voluntary work.

It covers all stages of employment, from job advertisements, applications and offers of employment to promotions, training, transfers and dismissal.


Maria applied for a promotion to lead a roadworks team at a council depot. Although she had experience as a supervisor, the manager did not believe she would be respected by the all-male staff and refused to consider her application. Maria could claim she was discriminated against by the manager because of her sex.

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