Jump to Share article Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Email Share link via email Jump to heading This information resource is for private sector employees in Western Australia. It is general information only and not intended to be a substitute for legal advice. By using the information on this page, you agree to our full disclaimer. There are two systems of employment law in Western Australia: a state system and a national system. While this information resource is suitable for both state system employees and national system employees, it will help you to know which system of employment law you are covered by. If you are unsure, please see our publication Q&A: State or national for WA employees Quick Summary If you are treated badly for saying or doing certain things, then this may be against the law, and you may be able to make a legal claim. Being treated badly can be different for everyone. Examples of bad treatment can include: changing work hours or shifts; changing work location; giving you a warning; being stopped from going to work; and being treated differently from your colleagues. You can only make a legal claim for this treatment if the reason for the treatment falls under specific scenarios. Scenarios where bad treatment is not allowed can include when you have: made a complaint about your working conditions; made an enquiry/asked a question about your rights at work; been treated badly for a discriminatory reason (e.g racism, sexism, ageism); taken time off work; made use of your rights as an employee (e.g any rights to penalty rates and breaks or asking for flexible working conditions); and been active with the union or participated in industrial action (e.g gone on strike). Introduction This Q&A doesn’t deal with the situation where you are dismissed (fired) following a complaint or protected action. This is because the laws are a little different for dismissals and we have separate publications to cover that situation. If you have been dismissed (or you think you are at risk of dismissal), you should instead look at our publication, Q&A: Dismissal for WA Workers. There may also be some claim guides that are helpful for your situation, but we recommend reading the Q&A first, to help you figure out which claim guides are relevant. Be aware that limitation periods for dismissal-based claims can be as short as 21 days from the date the dismissal took effect.