Discrimination in the Workplace

Here you can find the guidelines on how to prevent and deal with discrimination in the workplace.

Guidelines on Employment

During the recruitment process, employers should ensure equal opportunities and hire people based on their abilities, aptitude and knowledge. They should not turn down candidates just because of their gender, disability, family status, race, age or sexual orientation. Below are the guidelines for employers and employees.

Codes of Practice on EmploymentCode of Practice against Discrimination on the Ground of Sexual OrientationGood Management Practice Series

Your Rights under the Anti-Discrimination Ordinances

Know your rights (sexual harassment)Know your rights (pregnancy discrimination)Know your rights (family status discrimination)Race Discrimination Ordinance and IDisability Discrimination Ordinance and ISex Discrimination Ordinance and IFamily Status Discrimination and I

What to Do When You are Discriminated Against

Here are some of the things you can do when you find yourself being discriminated against:

  • Say "no" especially when you are sexually harassed.
  • Record what happened.
  • Get support from friends, family and co-workers.
  • Talk to your union representative if you are represented by a union.
  • Get support from a non-governmental organisation or related organisation.
  • Talk to your employer.
  • Keep a record of your work.
  • Lodge a complaint with the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).
  • Know more about your legal rights.

Once you lodge a complaint with the EOC, the EOC would conduct an investigation into the matter and try to settle it by conciliation. If conciliation fails, you can apply to the EOC for legal assistance.

Conciliation and complaintsLegal assistance
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Last revision date: August 2023