Human Rights Act
Intent of the Act
To help ensure all people in New Zealand are treated fairly and equally.
Your rights under the Human Rights Act
The Human Rights Act protects people in New Zealand from discrimination.
It is illegal for a business to refuse a sale, or provide sub-standard products or services, because of any of your personal characteristics, eg:
- employment status
- ethical belief
- ethnic or national origin
- family status
- marital status
- political opinion
- religious belief
- sexual orientation.
You also can’t be denied access to things like:
- government services
- public places
- housing and accommodation.
This applies to your past, present or assumed circumstances. For example, it's illegal to discriminate against someone because they have a mental illness, had one in the past, or someone assumes they have a mental illness.
What are human rights?(external link) — Human Rights Commission
When things go wrong
The Human Rights Commission has the power to resolve disputes relating to unlawful discrimination. If you believe you have been discriminated against, you can ask the Commission for help.
How to make a complaint(external link) — Human Rights Commission