No, it's not OK.
Jane was the best person for the job, but she was passed over because she's in a wheelchair – she is being treated unfavourably because of her disability.
In Victoria it is against the law to discriminate against you at work because you have – or might have – a disability. This includes bullying.
Go to the next question or keep reading for more information about disability discrimination.
What does the law say?
Disability includes physical, mental or intellectual conditions and maybe short term, long term or permanent. The law protects people who have had a disability in the past and those who may have a disability in the future.
It doesn't matter whether you are a full-time, part-time, casual or temp worker, a trainee, apprentice or on probation – Victorian law still protects you from disability discrimination. You are also protected by the law if you are discriminated against when you apply for a job.
In fact, if you are the best person for the job, not only is it against the law for the employer to discriminate against you because of your disability, they might also be obliged to make some adjustments so you can work safely.
In some cases there might be an exception. Contact us to find out more.