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Sexual orientation gender identity and intersex status

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The Sex Discrimination Act SDA makes it unlawful to Sexual orientation gender identity and intersex status people less favourably than another person in a similar situation because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.

Sexual orientation discrimination happens when a person is treated less favourably than another person in a similar situation because that person has a sexual orientation towards:.

It does not matter what sex a person was assigned at birth or whether the person has undergone any medical intervention. Intersex status discrimination happens when a person is treated less favourably than another person in a similar situation because that person has physical, hormonal or genetic features that are:. The SDA also includes protection against discrimination on the basis of sex, pregnancy, breastfeeding, marital status and family responsibilities, as well as protection from sexual harassment.

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For more information see Sex discrimination at www. The SDA protects people across Australia from sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status discrimination in a number of areas in public life, including employment, education, getting or using services, or renting or buying a house or unit.

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The SDA makes it unlawful to discriminate when advertising jobs, during recruitment and selection processes, when making decisions about training, transfer and promotion opportunities, and in the terms, conditions and termination of employment. All types of employers and employment relationships are covered under Sexual orientation gender identity and intersex status SDA, including Commonwealth Government employees and private sector employees, full-time, part-time and casual employees, contract workers and commission agents, as well as apprentices, trainees and those on probation.

The SDA makes it unlawful to discriminate in the provision of services, such as banking and insurance services; services provided by government departments; transport or telecommunication services; professional services, such as those provided by lawyers, doctors or tradespeople; and services provided by restaurants, shops or entertainment venues.

Direct discrimination happens when a person is treated less favourably than another person in a similar situation because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status. For exampleit may be direct sexual orientation discrimination for an employer not to promote a male employee to a more senior role because he is gay or bisexual.

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