Relationship status discrimination
The Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person because of their relationship status.
Relationship status means whether a person is:
- single; or
- married; or
- married to another person, but living separately and apart from the other person; or
- divorced; or
- widowed; or
- a defacto partner (including a same sex defacto partner) or
- a registered partner.
- Brochure on relationship status, parental status and family responsibilities;
- Case studies on relationship status.
Relationship status discrimination examples
- A de facto couple is refused rental of a flat because they are not married.
- A married woman applied for a marketing position involving interstate and overseas travel. When she was unsuccessful she was told
How can you travel overseas when you've got a husband? You can't!
Information and enquiry service
Individuals, employers and business operators can access the Commission's statewide telephone information and enquiry service.
Making a complaint
Make a complaint to the Commission on the Complaint Form about relationship status discrimination.
The complaint must be lodged with the Commission within 1 year of the discrimination happening.
The Commission's service is free.