Employment Law Practice
We believe keeping women in safe and secure employment is crucial to their safety, independence and well-being.
We are experts in gender-based workplace issues and provide free legal assistance to women in low-paid and/or precarious employment who are experiencing problems at work. We can help clients enforce their rights and entitlements at work, including access to maternity leave and flexible work arrangements and the right to be free from discrimination and sexual harassment at work.
We aim to support women to stay connected to the paid workforce as the foundation of financial independence and security.
HOW WE HELP
We give legal assistance to women who have been treated unfairly at work including women who have been:
- sexually harassed;
- discriminated against at work;
- underpaid or not paid properly;
- denied access to leave or other entitlements;
- denied access to flexible working arrangements;
- fired from work unfairly;
- bullied at work.
We can provide legal advice as well as practical assistance to support women negotiate directly with their employer.
Depending on a woman’s situation, we can also provide ongoing assistance, which can include:
- Negotiating with a client’s employer to progress and resolve the dispute;
- Representing clients with their employer, including in mediations, to try and resolve the dispute;
- Drafting court/ tribunal documents;
- Representing clients in the Fair Work Commission, Fair Work Ombudsman, ACT and Australian Human Rights Commission conciliations, the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and Federal Court
Our practice is focussed on early intervention and early resolution. We try to intervene as early as possible to offer practical solutions so clients can resolve their employment issues without escalation. Going to court is a last resort, and we work with clients to explore all other options before going down this path.
If you need legal advice or information about your circumstances please contact the Centre. Our Intake and Advice Line is open 9-5, Monday to Friday. You can call us on 02 6257 4377/1800 634 669. One of our Client Services team will go through your situation and see how we can help.
You can also request assistance online using our Request for Assistance form (click below). One of our Client Services team will be in touch to see how we can help.
Our services are free
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call for police and ambulance help.
If you require police assistance but it is not an emergency, phone 131 444 or visit the ACT Police website.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CRISIS SERVICE
The Domestic Violence Crisis Service can provide emergency support to people affected by domestic and family violence.
Ph: 24/7 Crisis Line 02 6280 0900
CANBERRA COMMUNITY LAW
CCL provides free legal assistance in the areas of public housing, Centrelink, disability discrimination and some civil law matters. It also runs specialist programs to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with Centrelink, housing and race discrimination legal issues and people experiencing homelessness with civil law issues.
Ph: 02 6218 7900
CONSUMER LAW CENTRE ACT
CLC provides free legal advice and representation in the areas of consumer credit (mortgages, credit cards and personal loans), debt recovery, financial abuse, bankruptcy, insurance, simple contracts, and general fair trading and consumer protection.
Ph: 02 6143 0044
ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE
ALS provides free legal advice and representation in the areas of criminal law, family law, Care and Protection and Tenancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Ph: 1800 765 767 (Criminal matters) 1800 733 233 (Care & protection and family matters)
LEGAL AID ACT
LA provides free legal advice and representation in the areas of criminal law, family law and some civil law matters, including migration and private tenancy issues.
Ph: 1300 654 314 (Helpline)
LEGAL AID DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND PERSONAL PROTECTION ORDER UNIT
This Unit provides free assistance to people applying for Family Violence Orders and help to understand and respond to orders. The Unit is located at the ACT Magistrates Court.
Ph: (02) 6207 1874 or 1300 654 314