Compliance essentials new zealand equal opportunity in employment


Did you know that an estimated 77,000 New Zealanders have experienced racial discrimination in the workplace? Are you aware you cannot discriminate against a worker because of their religion, sexual orientation or age? Would you know how to respond to discrimination in your organisation?

This course provides legally compliant training to ensure that workers and organisations meet their obligations under the various Acts that guide organisations in creating a workplace culture that is free from discrimination.

Written in consultation with leading law firm Simpson Grierson, the content is presented in a traditional elearning format and features written scenarios to contextualise relevant workplace legislation. 

Topics covered

This course covers the following topics:

  • human rights laws
  • direct and indirect discrimination
  • situations covered by discrimination laws
  • how to respond to unacceptable behaviour
  • the benefits of promoting diversity in the workplace
  • victimisation.

Learning objectives

On completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • outline the types of behaviour that could be considered discriminatory or constitute harassment
  • identify where they have the right to make a discrimination complaint
  • outline the steps to follow if they feel they are being discriminated against
  • outline the steps an employer should follow if presented with a complaint of harassment or discrimination
  • outline the steps to follow if a discrimination or harassment claim is brought against them.

Business outcomes

By implementing this course your organisation can:

promote diversity and increase productivity by attracting and retaining the best people for the job
build and protect company brand and reputation
minimise the risks associated with unlawful discrimination in the workplace
deliver comprehensive and cost-effective equal opportunity training to all workers.

Target audience

The content contained in this course is suitable for:

  • public- and private-sector workers
  • workers, executives and board members at all levels of an organisation.


This course should take about 30 minutes to complete.

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