- Key Focus Areas
- Enquiries and Complaints
- Human Rights
- The Treaty
- Disabled People
- Race Relations
- International & UN
- Office of Human Rights Proceedings
- What can I complain about?
- Resolving Discrimination and Harassment guide
- Areas of public life
- Government or Public Sector Activities
- Access by the public to places, vehicles and facilities
- Industrial and professional associations, qualifying bodies and vocational training bodies
- Provision of goods and services
- Provision of land, housing and other accommodation
- Discriminatory Laws
- Accommodating disability and religious beliefs
- Accommodation, property, landlords and human rights
- ACC and age discrimination
- Bullying, harassment and/or violence at school
- Caring for disabled adult family members
- Clubs and the Human Rights Act
- English language only in the workplace
- Funeral arrangements
- Human Rights and Redundancy
- Job application questions
- Maori Party and the Human Rights Act
- Moko: your rights
- New Zealands official languages
- Positive actions to achieve equality
- Prisoners’ rights
- Racially offensive comments
- Reviewing decisions
- The School Ball
- Smoking and human rights
- Wearing cultural, religious or national items
- What do I do?
- What happens?
- Further links
Enquiries & Complaints Guide
What does the Human Rights Act mean by sexual orientation?
The ground of sexual orientation covers being:
What does the Human Rights Act say about sexual orientation?
It is unlawful to discriminate on the ground of sexual orientation in any of the prohibited areas of public life.
There are a number of circumstances where it is not unlawful to discriminate on the ground of sexual orientation. These include:
In government and public sector activity, reasonable limitations on right to freedom from discrimination which can be shown to be justified.
In employment (includes pre-employment and advertising):
- domestic employment in a private household
- employment of a counsellor on highly personal matters.
- shared accommodation.
In goods and services:
- courses and counselling on personal matters.