Employment and Migration Blog

Tag: racist

  • Rude? Certainly! Discrimination? Not necessarily.
    Posted by Stephen Booth on 21 Jun 2011
    There was a case last week (Trapman v Sydney Water) in which an indigenous labour hire worker recovered $5,000 damages from supervisor and end-user employer because the supervisor told a group, including the worker, a joke about Aborigines. The supervisor had asked the worker’s permission to tell the joke, which was given, but the Court accepted that the worker should not have been put in the position of having to tell his supervisor that he was unhappy about a racist joke being told – the very fact that the supervisor asked for permission meant that the supervisor knew the joke was inappropriate.