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Employment Law

Your contract of employment and your rights as an employee are two of the most important aspects of your financial security. If a dispute arises with your employer, it can be difficult, stressful and even intimidating. If the situation escalates and cannot be resolved, you may need legal advice to ensure your rights as an employee are protected.


Employment Law Services

At Shine Lawyers, our Workplace Relations and Employment Law team is experienced in all aspects of employment law. Whether dealing with discrimination in the workplace or wrongful termination, we will handle your claim with discretion, diplomacy and determination to ensure your rights and your reputation are protected. We offer specialty services in the following areas of workplace law:

Executive Employment

Shine Lawyers have considerable experience in the problems that executives, directors and senior managers commonly face, and understand how to navigate these to your advantage.

Shine Lawyers - Your Employment Law Specialists

Employment law can be complex and confusing, but Shine Lawyers' Employment Law team are here to help. Through our tailored initial consultation service, our employment lawyers will inform you of all your legal rights and empower you to take the course of action that best suits you.

Sexual Harassment Claims

Most sexual harassment cases occur in the workplace. In 2009 to 2010, 21% of Australian Human Rights Commission complaints were sex related and 88% of those occurred in the workplace. However, sexual harassment can happen in public and private settings including school, university, sports teams, online or over the phone.

How to bring a claim

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Who is the Employment Law Team?

Shine Lawyers' Employment Law team includes some of the firm’s most experienced special counsel, solicitors and support staff, including law clerks and paralegals.

If you are experiencing difficulties in your place of work, or simply want more information on Shine Lawyers' employment law services, get in touch today.


Common Questions

Employment law is an area of law designed to protect employees from mistreatment in the workplace. It handles discrimination, unfair treatment, health and safety, injuries, and accidents in the workplace – among many other things.

At Shine Lawyers, we have an expert team of specially trained solicitors who can provide quality legal advice on a range of employment law matters. We listen to your story and apply our legal skill to ensure you get a result that is right for you, whether that be reinstatement to a previous role or an award of compensation.

Employment law covers a broad area of the law. As such, it’s common that law firms specialise in specific areas and pool their knowledge to achieve positive outcomes.

Shine Lawyers has a team of dedicated employment law experts who are positioned to handle a variety of work-related matters, including unfair dismissal, unpaid wages, and discrimination claims.

Shine Lawyers are also expert workers compensation lawyers, which means if you have suffered an injury in the workplace, we can advise you on your rights and bring forward a claim for compensation on your behalf.

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If you decide to bring your employment-related dispute with Shine Lawyers, one of our expert workplace relations legal staff will conduct an initial verbal consultation to assess your case. We will produce a short memorandum of advice, informing you of all your available legal options and a recommended course of action.

If you decide to pursue your matter, the appropriate claim will be commenced on your behalf. One of Shine Lawyers' employment law specialists will represent you to negotiate a solution that is desirable to all parties involved. If no resolution can be reached, the matter may be referred to the courts. We will be with you every step of the way to ensure your rights as an employee are protected, and you receive an outcome that is right for you.

If you decide to bring your employment law claim with Shine Lawyers, a member of our Employment Law and Workplace Relations practice will handle your matter from consultation to resolution.

Samantha Mangwana

Samantha Mangwana leads Shine Lawyers’ Executive Employment and Partnership practice, focusing on delivering specialist advice to senior executives and partners. Samantha understands the pressures her clients are facing, and the priority of protecting reputations in crisis situations. Less visibly, she often advises in the background on sensitive negotiations to achieve smooth exits and transitions.

This is difficult to answer without knowing the particular facts of your situation. There are many scenarios under employment law where compensation can be pursued.

When it comes to workers' compensation law, if you have suffered an injury at work, or if you have a disease or condition made worse by work, you could be entitled to compensation benefits by making a workers' compensation claim. Depending on your situation, you may be able to claim for:

  • Medical and hospital costs
  • Loss of wages
  • Travel costs
  • Permanent impairment compensation
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Return to work services

It is difficult to predict how much compensation you will be entitled to without knowing the facts of your particular situation, and the area of employment law your case falls under.

For unfair dismissal claims, the amount of compensation you will be entitled to depends on a range of factors, including:

  • How long you have worked for your employer;
  • The pay you would have received had you not been dismissed; and
  • Any misconduct on your behalf.

When it comes to workers' compensation cases, the amount of compensation you are entitled to will depend on many things such as:

  • State or territory where the accident occurred;
  • Date of your injury;
  • Extent of your injury;
  • Type of injury; and
  • The degree of liability

Once a lawyer knows more about your situation and the facts of your case, they will be able to give you a really good idea of how much to expect in compensation.

For certain employment law claims, Shine Lawyers offers a 30-minute oral consultation with an employment law solicitor for a highly competitive, fixed fee. Our lawyer will assess your claim either over the phone or in person, and prepare a memorandum of advice outlining the viability of your claim and a recommended course of action.

Strict time limits apply for bringing work-related claims. These vary depending on your circumstances and the type of claim you are bringing and where you are located, so it is best to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

If you are bringing an action for unfair dismissal, a strict 21 day time limit applies and applications made outside this window will not be accepted. It is important that you seek legal advice immediately if you have been terminated or are concerned you may be. Our lawyers work efficiently and effectively to deliver you practical solutions on time.

It is possible to legally represent yourself when making a compensation claim. Doing so successfully will likely require a thorough understanding of the law, your legal rights and entitlements, and a commitment to actively pursue the case to move it forward.

Most people making employment compensation legal claims choose not to act for themselves and instead engage an expert compensation lawyer. The best compensation lawyers can provide the knowledge and experience required to help guide a case to a successful outcome.

Shine Lawyers has been righting wrongs for everyday Australians for over 40 years. We are a law firm with a difference, and are proud to stand up for the rights of the little guy no matter the case at hand.

At Shine Lawyers, you will have your own go-to team who are always available to chat, and who understand the importance of explaining things in clear, plain language.

Hear from some of our clients below who have been through the claims process with us.


Shine Lawyers are expert workplace relations and employment lawyers that can help you get the desired outcome following a work-related dispute.Click on the links below for more information about how Shine Lawyers can help.

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Shine Lawyers also have accredited specialists in personal injury law across the nation.

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