What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 08 April 2024 – 14 April 2024

First Successful Safework NSW Prosecution for Discriminatory Conduct Under The WHS Act Employers will be familiar with Australia’s anti-discrimination laws. However, a lesser-known protection that often falls under the radar is in the anti-discrimination provisions of work health and safety legislation. In this case, SafeWork NSW succeeded in what appears to be the first prosecution […]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 01 April 2024 – 07 April 2024

Female Tradies in Australia Changing Their Names To Get Job Interviews Because: “We Don’t Hire Women and We’re Not Going to Interview You” Female tradies in Australia are altering their names to appear more masculine in an attempt to land an interview with a potential employer, according to reports. Hacia Atherton, Empowered Women in Trades[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 25 March 2024 – 31 March 2024

Can a Break-Up Lead to Unjust Dismissal? The Fair Work Commission recently dealt with an unfair dismissal case involving a worker who claimed she was wrongfully terminated by her former partner when their romance broke down. In August 2023, the worker and her employer’s personal relationship broke down, leading to significant hostility between them. The[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 18 March 2024 – 24 March 2024

Landmark AHRC Project to Improve Prevention and Response Strategies for Sexual Harassment at Work The Speaking from Experience Project invites people, especially those from minority groups, who have experienced workplace sexual harassment to help Sex Discrimination Commissioner Dr Anna Cody and the team to improve prevention and response strategies in Australian workplaces. “Speaking from Experience[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 11 March 2024 – 17 March 2024

Custody Officer at a Justice Complex Unfairly Dismissed The Fair Work Commission heard an unfair dismissal case in relation to a worker who was dismissed from his position as a custody officer at a justice complex (court). The worker was involved in an incident with a Person in Custody (PIC), during which the worker head-butted[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment,  Discrimination and Bullying from 4 March 2024 – 10 March 2024 

Mental Health Commission Fails to Offer Psychological Safety Internally  SafeWork NSW found the state’s Mental Health Commission has breached workplace health and safety legislation over its management of bullying and other issues of the organisation’s culture.  A SafeWork NSW spokesperson said on Wednesday: “SafeWork NSW last week issued three improvement notices to the Mental Health[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 26 Feb 2024 – 03 Mar 2024

Worker who quit ‘in the heat of the moment’ did not constitute resignation The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently dealt with a worker’s claim that his termination was ended at the employer’s initiative when he resigned “in the heat of the moment.” He asserted that the employer should have clarified his intention, especially since he[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 19 Feb 2024 – 25 Feb 2024

Family and domestic violence at work Safe Work Australia has updated the Family and domestic violence at work information sheet to reflect changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 around entitlements to paid family and domestic violence leave. Managing the risk of family and domestic violence at the workplace is complex and needs to be handled appropriately[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 12 Feb – 18 Feb 2024

Case against Perfection Fresh one of the biggest workplace sexual harassment and assault cases in Australia Proceedings have commenced in the Federal Court, whereby 12 women, supported by the United Workers Union, are suing fresh product giant Perfection Fresh after working at Two Wells Glasshouse in South Australia and allegedly being sexually harassed. As reported[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Unfair Dismissal, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 5 Feb – 11 Feb 2024

Employee accused of misconduct reinstated following ‘deeply flawed’ investigation The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has reinstated an employee of a mining company after his employer failed to conduct a thorough investigation into allegations of misconduct. The decision is a reminder for employers to ensure that they have the necessary expertise and procedures in place before[…..]