Live Webinar: Termination, Adverse Action and Discrimination Claims: Managing the Risks


Date:  Friday 22nd June 2018 – Online:
Vic, NSW, Qld, ACT, Tas: 11am to 12:30pm 
SA & NT:  10:30am to 12noon 
WA: 9am to 10:30am 

Employers and their advisors need to be aware of the risks in terminating employment where the employee might claim discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, age, physical or mental disability or marital status.  The general protections provisions of the Fair Work Act add to the web of State, territory and Commonwealth antidiscrimination laws to create a minefield for employers when dismissing employees. This presentation will cover what to do when faced with an adverse action claim based on allegations of workplace discrimination. It includes:

  • What employee attributes and activities are protected by these laws?
  • How do these protections create exposure in cases of dismissal for conduct, capacity or redundancy?
  • How do employers defend these claims?
  • Understanding the causal link and reverse onus
  • Discrimination, victimisation and adverse action – Are the interpretations under the adverse action provisions consistent with the understanding of anti-discrimination laws? 
  • Terminating employees - what can you do to reduce your risk of an adverse action claim based on discrimination?
  • Case study: termination due to lack of ‘cultural fit’ – understanding the risks
  • Recent cases - a review of the key cases and what you can learn
Our presenter

Emma Vautin, Senior Lawyer, Clayton Utz, Melbourne

Emma Vautin is a Senior Lawyer in the Melbourne office of Clayton Utz, specialising in workplace relations, employment and safety.  Emma works closely with private sector, University and Government clients on a range of issues including bargaining, restructuring, termination of employment and managing difficult employees.

In the course of advising both Government and commercial clients, Emma is also experienced in dealing with complex industrial relations disputes in the Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court and Fair Work Commission, including claims under the General Protections provisions in the Fair Work Act. 

Emma's breadth of experience in industrial relations enables her to advise clients comprehensively on issues that arise from bargaining and industrial disputation.

Emma is currently completing a Masters of Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne.


This webinar is suitable for HR professionals, in-house Counsel and lawyers practising in employment law – Australia wide. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.


Live webinar delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this webinar.  Lawyers can claim up to 1.5 CPD [CLE] units/points – substantive law.  This webinar has been designed to run for 1.5 hours, however, webinar lengths can vary depending on the level of questions and discussion, and the minimum length of the webinar is 1 hour.

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Once you’ve registered for the webinar, we send you a link so that you can login to the webinar from your computer. The speaker delivers the session from their computer in real time. Just like a live seminar, you can ask questions of the speaker. You simply type your question into the question box and the speaker responds to it during question time.
At the end of the webinar session we send you a certificate to confirm your attendance and the number of CPD hours you earned.

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Product Code: RBOJUN18
 Price:   $253.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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