Queensland Law Society

Harassment, bullying and discrimination in the workplace

QLS aims to support a legal profession which is free from discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace. We know that these factors can lead to negative outcomes for lawyers in terms of mental wellbeing, work-life balance and job satisfaction. QLS encourages the use of workplace policies that promote good management in eliminating discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace.

Position statement

As Queensland’s peak professional body for the legal profession, Queensland Law Society has an essential role to play in leading the profession towards healthy, safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces. The Society recognises that the issues of sexual harassment, workplace bullying and discrimination within the legal profession are problems which require considered and targeted responses. The Society has created a position statement which sets out a strategy to highlight what the society considers to be the issues, its response and course of action addressing these issues.

Support line

Is something not right at work? Do you need help on working out what to do? QLS has established a support line to assist legal practitioners dealing with harassment, bullying and discrimination in the workplace. Call us on 07 3842 5843, via the QLS Ethics and Practice Centre, for a confidential conversation about inappropriate workplace behaviours including what support and options are available.

Making a complaint

Help and services

Legislation

  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld)
  • Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld)
  • Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) and corresponding federal legislation
  • Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)
  • Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules 2012