Discrimination Policy

Discrimination policy

This policy applies to:

Knit & Pals Owners, all students in our classes and contractors that we work with, how Knit & Pals provides services to clients and how it interacts with other members of the public

Aims

Our aim is to champion inclusivity, accessibility and diversity in the knitting community, help people create networks in their hobby, take knitting from being a solo activity to a social one. Knit & Pals is committed to providing a safe, flexible and respectful environment, free from all forms of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.

All Knit & Pals teachers and students are required to treat others with dignity, courtesy and respect.

Unacceptable conduct

Discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment are unacceptable at Knit & Pals and are unlawful under the following legislation:

Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth)

Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth)

Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth)

Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth)

Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth).

Any students found to have engaged in such conduct may be asked to leave class, any contractor engaging in such conduct will be in breach of this policy and the contract may be terminated.  

Discrimination

Discrimination is treating, or proposing to treat, someone unfavourably because of a personal characteristic protected by the law, such as sex, age, race or disability.

Discrimination can occur:

Directly, when a person or group is treated less favourably than another person or group in a similar situation because of a personal characteristic protected by law (see list below).

Protected personal characteristics under Federal discrimination law include:

A disability, disease or injury, parental status or status as a carer, race, colour, descent, national origin, or ethnic background, age, whether young or old, religion, pregnancy and breastfeeding, sexual orientation, intersex status or gender identity, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, queer and heterosexual, marital status, whether married, divorced, unmarried or in a de facto relationship or same sex relationship, political opinion, social origin, medical record, an association with someone who has, or is assumed to have, one of these characteristics. It is also against the law to treat someone unfavourably because you assume they have a personal characteristic or may have it at some time in the future.

Bullying

If someone is being bullied because of a personal characteristic protected by equal opportunity law, it is a form of discrimination. Bullying can take many forms, including jokes, teasing, nicknames, emails, pictures, text messages, social isolation or ignoring people, or unfair work practices. Under Federal law, this behaviour does not have to be repeated to be discrimination – it may be a one-off event. Behaviours that may constitute bullying include: sarcasm and other forms of demeaning language, threats, abuse or shouting, coercion, isolation, inappropriate blaming, ganging up, constant unconstructive criticism. Bullying is unacceptable in Knit & Pals and may also be against occupational health and safety law.

Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is a specific and serious form of harassment. It is unwelcome sexual behaviour, which could be expected to make a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment can be physical, spoken or written. It can include: comments about a person’s private life or the way they look, sexually suggestive behaviour, such as leering or staring, brushing up against someone, touching, fondling or hugging, sexually suggestive comments or jokes, displaying offensive screen savers, photos, calendars or objects, repeated unwanted requests to go out, requests for sex, sexually explicit posts on social networking sites, insults or taunts of a sexual nature, intrusive questions or statements about a person’s private life, sending sexually explicit emails or text messages, inappropriate advances on social networking sites, accessing sexually explicit internet sites, behaviour that may also be considered to be an offence under criminal law, such as physical assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, stalking or obscene communications. Just because someone does not object to inappropriate behaviour in the class at the time, it does not mean that they are consenting to the behaviour. Sexual harassment is covered in the classroom when it happens during classes, at events, or between students or teachers outside of work. All teachers and students have the same rights and responsibilities in relation to sexual harassment. A single incident is enough to constitute sexual harassment – it doesn’t have to be repeated. All incidents of sexual harassment – no matter how large or small or who is involved – require us to respond quickly and appropriately. Knit & Pals recognises that comments and behaviour that do not offend one person can offend another. This policy requires all teachers and students to respect other people’s limits.

Resolving issues at Knit and Pals

Knit and Pals strongly encourages any teacher or student who believes they have been discriminated against, bullied, sexually harassed or victimised to take appropriate action by contacting Claire or Laura immediately, in person during or after a class or by email at hello@knitandpals.com