Anti-Discrimination NSW

Allegedly told a woman would not be considered

Conciliation: Sex discrimination in employment

Published: 6 June 2019

A woman who expressed interest in a manager's position was allegedly told that the job wasn't suitable for a woman.


A woman successfully applied for the position of assistant manager at a gym.  Soon afterwards, she expressed an interest in the manager's position, should it become available.  The woman says that the owner of the gym indicated that the position of manager was not a job he considered suitable for a woman.  The woman resigned from her position because she felt that her sex limited her future promotion opportunities.

The woman lodged a complaint of sex discrimination.  At conciliation, the owner of the gym said that he would consider a woman for the position of manager and that he had told the complainant that she did not have the requisite experience for the position as she had only been with the gym a short time.  However, the owner accepted that there may have been some miscommunication between the parties and agreed to donate $3200 to a charity chosen by the complainant.

When does sex discrimination apply?

Sex discrimination is against the law in the following situation:

  • in employment - when you apply for a job or for a licence or registration to perform a job, when you are at work, or when you leave a job

More information on Sex Discrimination​​​

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