On 23 March 2006, Patrick who is transsexual and identifies as a female, went to the Port Adelaide Police Station, where two warrants were found. As release on bail was not permitted on one of the warrants, Patrick was arrested and placed in police custody at the Port Adelaide Police Station. Patrick had not anticipated that she would be placed in custody.
Patrick said that while she was in police custody she was treated unfavourably by the police because of her sexuality, race, religious belief, and an impairment (mental health).
Originally submitted on 21 January, 2009 - 12:00. Last updated on 6 May, 2010 - 12:54.
Medical Service for Refugees, Youth and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders not discriminatory
The Central Northern Adelaide Health Service has a medical service which can only be used by people who are under 25, from a non-English speaking background or who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. In a decision handed down on 24 December 2008, the Full Court of the Supreme Court decided that these eligibility criteria were not discriminatory. The Court said this is because the eligibility criteria come within the exemptions in the Equal Opportunity Act
Originally submitted on 24 December, 2008 - 12:00. Last updated on 6 May, 2010 - 13:25.
Mr Anthony Clarke has a vision impairment and is accompanied by a guide dog. Mr Clarke said that in August 2006, he was refused a taxi ride because he was with his guide dog. The taxi is owned and operated by Mr Behrad. The matter was referred to the Equal Opportunity Tribunal for a decision because it was not conciliated at the Equal Opportunity Commission.
Originally submitted on 23 December, 2008 - 10:30. Last updated on 8 February, 2012 - 15:30.
In a decision handed down on 4 September 2008, the Equal Opportunity Tribunal found that failing a back fitness test should not have disqualified a bus driver from getting a job. Rion Tarr had been working as a bus driver for 12 months when the bus company was sold and he had to apply for the same job with the new employer. Rion was given pre-employment tests and was told he could not do the job because he failed the back fitness test. The Tribunal found that a back fitness test did not show whether Mr Tarr could do the job.
Originally submitted on 4 September, 2008 - 10:30. Last updated on 6 May, 2010 - 14:43.
In a decision handed down on 28 August 2008, the Equal Opportunity Tribunal said that requiring a person in a wheelchair to sit facing the rear of a bus may be discriminatory. The Tribunal also said that having a canopy on a wheelchair does not necessarily make a wheelchair unsafe for bus travel.
Originally submitted on 28 August, 2008 - 10:30. Last updated on 12 April, 2010 - 15:45.
On 24 July 2008 a British man was awarded £17,000 (about $A35,200) in damages by the British High Court after the Court found that he had been defamed via a Facebook entry, and that his privacy had been breached. His company was also awarded £5,000 ($A10,400) for defamation.
Originally submitted on 24 July, 2008 - 10:30. Last updated on 6 May, 2010 - 14:55.
A man has been awarded $2309 today in the Equal Opportunity Tribunal after a taxi driver refused to take his guide dog on board.
Mr Ellson who regularly visits Adelaide with his guide dog Luigi, called a taxi to take him from his hotel to the airport. When the taxi driver arrived Mr Ellson was told that Luigi could not ride in the car with him.
In a breakthrough decision, despite the denial of the taxi company, the Tribunal found that the company was responsible for the actions of the taxi driver in refusing to take Mr Ellson's guide dog.
Originally submitted on 23 July, 2008 - 10:30. Last updated on 6 May, 2010 - 15:39.
On Thursday 26 June 2008, Commissioner Linda Matthews spoke at the Making a Difference - Social Inclusion for New and Emerging Communities national conference in Adelaide.
The conference was held for community leaders, service agencies, politicians, academics, researchers and government representatives to come together to participate in responding to the challenge of the community sector having to play a critical role in delivering an Australian social inclusion agenda.
Originally submitted on 26 June, 2008 - 10:30. Last updated on 14 May, 2010 - 17:16.
In a submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Paid Maternity, Paternity and Parenting Leave, South Australian Equal Opportunity Commissioner Linda Matthews said she often receives enquiries from women who find their employment hours have been reduced upon telling their employer that they are pregnant, or are unable to return to their position after they have taken maternity leave Ms Matthews indicated her support for a paid maternity leave scheme.
Originally submitted on 30 May, 2008 - 10:30. Last updated on 8 February, 2012 - 12:01.
With the Equal Opportunity Bill still in Parliament, Equal Opportunity Commissioner Linda Matthews said she was pleased to see the Final Report of the Select Committee into Balancing Work and Life Responsibilities, tabled in Parliament on 9 April 2008.
The Bill recommends legislation to protect male and female employees from discrimination based on their family and caring responsibilities, and noted that many witnesses strongly supported the changes to the Equal Opportunity Act that would secure this.
Originally submitted on 9 April, 2008 - 10:30. Last updated on 27 May, 2010 - 13:24.
On 27 February 2008, Equal Opportunity Commissioner Linda Matthews was quoted by The Advertiser in an article about sex discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. Later that day she was interviewed about sexual harassment in the workplace on the Alexander and Nicky Downer Afternoon Show on Adelaide radio station 5AA.
Originally submitted on 27 February, 2008 - 10:30. Last updated on 6 May, 2010 - 16:36.
On Wednesday 13 February 2008, I joined with thousands of South Australians in Elder Park, to watch the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, apologise to the Stolen Generations.
Along with many in the crowd, I was moved by the emotional stories of children forcibly removed from their parents, and felt a great sense of pride and relief that Australia was finally acknowledging our past wrongs.
Originally submitted on 13 February, 2008 - 10:30. Last updated on 6 May, 2010 - 13:38.
A test case before the South Australian Equal Opportunity Commission on the rights of employees with injuries sustained outside of work ended without a decision on 6 February 2008. The State Government offered a private settlement to a Glenside Hospital Nurse.
In 2003, Hilary Burnett fell at home, and injured her arms. Her injury meant she was unable to lift heavy patients, but could still work on most wards. However, her employer refused to have her back at work until she was cleared for all duties, and refused to make accommodations for her injury.
Originally submitted on 6 February, 2008 - 10:30. Last updated on 6 May, 2010 - 13:34.
On 21 January 2008, the Equal Opportunity Tribunal granted BAE Systems an exemption from the South Australia Equal Opportunity Act 1984 to allow it to discriminate against current and future staff members on the basis of nationality, when considering who should work on projects involving controlled defence material from the United States of America.
Originally submitted on 1 January, 2008 - 10:30. Last updated on 1 February, 2012 - 15:34.
published in the Advertiser, Thursday, 15 November 2007
by ROB MALINAUSKAS
DOUBLE standards on male and female dress codes at nightspots could land pubs and clubs in hot water this summer.
Equal Opportunity Commissioner Linda Matthews said yesterday that in the past financial year, her office had received more complaints from men refused entry into pubs and clubs because they were wearing thongs or sandals.
Originally submitted on 16 November, 2007 - 14:57. Last updated on 12 April, 2010 - 15:55.