Tara goes for a job interview as a waitress and is told that she won't be able to wear her hijab while she is working. He says his customers don't want to be served by a Muslim and she mustn't want the job that much if she won't do as he asks. 

Tara is being treated unfavourably because of her religion. That's discrimination.

In Victoria it is against the law to discriminate against you at work because of your religion or your race.

What does the law say about discrimination because of religion?

It is against the law for someone to treat you unfavourably at work because of your religious beliefs or activities, or because they think you are of a particular religion.

As long as your religious beliefs and activities aren’t against the law, you have the right to believe and practise your religion – or to choose not to have a religion at all.

What is vilification?

It is also against Victorian law to vilify a person or group of people because of their race or religion. 

Vilification is behaviour that encourages others to hate, seriously disrespect or abuse a person or group of people because of their race or religion. 

The legal definition is conduct that “incites hatred, serious contempt, revulsion or severe ridicule”. And it’s not on.


Download free resources about sexual harassment from the Commission, or visit our webpage about discrimination because of religious belief or activity in the workplace for more information.

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In some cases there might be an exception. If you want to find out more about discrimination and vilification because of race or religion Contact us