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Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 No 48
Current version for 8 December 2016 to date (accessed 20 September 2017 at 10:18)
Part 3 Division 1
Division 1 General
23   Definitions
In this Part:
man means a member of the male sex irrespective of his age.
woman means a member of the female sex irrespective of her age.
24   What constitutes discrimination on the ground of sex
(1)  A person (the perpetrator) discriminates against another person (the aggrieved person) on the ground of sex if the perpetrator:
(a)  on the ground of the aggrieved person’s sex or the sex of a relative or associate of the aggrieved person, treats the aggrieved person less favourably than in the same circumstances, or in circumstances which are not materially different, the perpetrator treats or would treat a person of the opposite sex or who does not have such a relative or associate of that sex, or
(b)  requires the aggrieved person to comply with a requirement or condition with which a substantially higher proportion of persons of the opposite sex, or who do not have a relative or associate of that sex, comply or are able to comply, being a requirement which is not reasonable having regard to the circumstances of the case and with which the aggrieved person does not or is not able to comply.
(1A)  For the purposes of subsection (1) (a), something is done on the ground of a person’s sex if it is done on the ground of the person’s sex, a characteristic that appertains generally to persons of that sex or a characteristic that is generally imputed to persons of that sex.
(1B)  For the purposes of this section, but without limiting the generality of this section, the fact that a woman is or may become pregnant is a characteristic that appertains generally to women.
(1C)  For the purposes of this section, but without limiting the generality of this section, the fact that a woman is breastfeeding or may breastfeed is a characteristic that appertains generally to women. For the purposes of this Act, breastfeeding includes the act of expressing breast milk.
(2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), the circumstances in which a person treats or would treat another person of the opposite sex are not materially different by reason of the fact that the persons between whom the discrimination occurs:
(a)  are a woman who is pregnant and a man, or
(b)  are not of the same marital or domestic status, or
(c)  are a woman who is breastfeeding and a man.
(3)    (Repealed)