Margalit Injury Lawyers has filed a class action against the Australian Football League (AFL) on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people of colour who, between 1975 – 2022, were football players (or employed by the AFL as umpires, officials or other staff) and experienced racism, racial vilification, racial discrimination, racial abuse and/or victimisation in the course of their involvement in playing or employment in the AFL.
It has been alleged that (amongst other things) the AFL failed to enforce and implement rules and policies to prohibit racial vilification. It is also alleged that the AFL permitted racial vilification to occur without punishment or penalty and failed to provide a safe (including a culturally safe) environment.
This class action assists both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but also all people of colour who were subjected to racism within the AFL.
Margalit Injury Lawyers is committed to fighting for the rights of all persons who have been affected by racism in the course of their AFL careers. We invite all affected persons to contact our office to share their stories with our team – all enquiries will be treated as strictly confidential and we provide free, initial advice. Call now on (03) 9133 0288.
Acknowledgement of Country
Margalit Injury Lawyers acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work, live and engage, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong Boon Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin. We recognise the continuing connection to the lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past and present.