The Human Rights Act 1993

The Human Rights Act 1993 governs the work of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission.

The Act outlaws discrimination on a wide variety of grounds, including:

  • Sex (including pregnancy and childbirth)
  • Marital status
  • Religious belief
  • Ethical belief
  • Colour
  • Race
  • Ethnic or national origins
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Political opinion
  • Employment status
  • Family status
  • Sexual orientation

There are a significant number of caveats, including "genuine occupational qualification," "domestic employment in a private household," "to preserve reasonable standards of privacy," "national security" and "organised religion."

If you believe you are suffering discrimination of any of the kinds above, talk to Rennie Cox about your remedies.