Muslim Professionals Association (MPA) wishes all members, Muslim professionals and the wider community a blessed Eid Al Adha.
Celebrating Eid at work
Not allowing employees to celebrate religious holidays may be discrimination. Check with your employer about your entitlements for Eid. Some employers offer paid leave for Muslim employees, whilst others may provide flexible work arrangements to Muslims to fulfill their religious obligations.
As per the business.gov.au website, under the Fair Work Act 2009 and state and territory anti-discrimination law, it’s illegal to discriminate against employees due to religion. Both direct and indirect discrimination are illegal
Direct discrimination is when someone directly mistreats someone because of attributes, such as religion. For example, direct discrimination would include mocking an employee because she celebrated a religious holiday.
Indirect discrimination is imposing an unnecessary requirement that disadvantages a group with an attribute, such as a religion. For example, you may be liable if you put a compulsory training day on a religious holiday and then fire an employee for not attending it because the employee was away due to a religious holiday.
This material is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.