FAQs

A section where we answer questions and comment on scenarios and popular topics.

Accommodating disability and religious beliefs

Can I ask an employer to make some changes to allow me to do my job if I have a disability or because of my religious belief?

Accommodation, property, landlords and human rights

Can a landlord refuse to let me a flat because of my age?
Can a real estate agent refuse to show me a rental property because I have children?

Can a motel owner refuse to let me and my same-sex partner stay?
Can a hotel refuse me accommodation because my guide dog accompanies me? 
Can a vendor refuse to sell me their house because of my race?
Can a landlord specify their ideal tenant?

Can a person advertising for a flatmate turn me down because I am a woman?
What about shared residential situations?

ACC and age discrimination

Can I get ACC if I am getting NZ Superannuation?

Isn’t having to choose between ACC and NZ Superannuation discrimination because of age?

Bullying, harassment and/or violence at school

What can the Human Rights Commission do about bullying, harassment and/or violence in schools? Where else can young people, parents and schools get support?

Caring for disabled adult family members

What does the ‘Parents as caregivers’ case mean for people looking after their disabled adult family members?

Clubs and the Human Rights Act

Can I be denied membership of a club?

English language only in the workplace

Can my employer say that only English is allowed to be spoken in our workplace?

Funeral arrangements

What is the law if family members disagree over the funeral arrangements of someone who has died?

Human Rights and Redundancy

What are my rights under the Human Rights Act if I am made redundant?

Job application questions

What can I be asked about when applying for a job?

Maori Party and the Human Rights Act

Why is the Maori Party not illegal as a racially-based organisation?

Moko: your rights

Can people refuse to serve me, or employ me, because I wear moko?

New Zealand’s official languages

What are New Zealand’s official languages and when can they be used?

Positive actions to achieve equality

Why can some groups be treated differently in some situations?

Prisoners’ rights

What rights do I have if I am in prison?

If I have a complaint about my treatment in prison what can I do?

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