What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 22 January 2024 – 28 January 2024

Lawyer Fired for Internet Browsing History Receives Compensation A lawyer claimed he was fired in relation to his internet browsing history, among other performance issues. His employer argued that it had a valid reason for his dismissal as the lawyer had “wasted” a significant amount of time on the internet instead of assisting a valuable […]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 30 October 2023 – 5 November 2023

Public Service Census Finds More than 40% Plan to Leave Agency Within Five Years A State Government survey of public sector workers has revealed that a significant number of employees are planning to quit their agency due to “pressure, bullying and harassment.” The census involved more than 47,000 public sector employees. 10.4% of the workers[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 23 October 2023 – 29 October 2023

Two Victorian Hospital Cafes Fined Almost $300,000 For Sexual Harassment of Works Two hospital cafes have been prosecuted by Worksafe and fined almost $300,000 over the sexual harassment of workers in Victoria. The owner of the two coffee shops was convicted on two charges for “failing to ensure a workplace under his control was safe[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 25 September 2023 – 1 October 2023

Disability Royal Commission Hands Down Final Report, Makes 222 Recommendations The long-awaited final report from the Disability Royal Commission was released this week following a 4-and-a-half-year investigation into Australia’s disability care sector. The report consists of 12 volumes and suggests 222 recommendations. It is the largest investigation into the experiences of Australians with disabilities. Some[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 7 August 2023 – 13 August 2023

South Australian Barbershop Applies for Exemption from Equal Opportunity Act A barbershop based in Adelaide has applied for an exemption under the Equal Opportunity Act to prevent women from entering the company’s premises. According to the article, the barbershop aims to provide clients with a “male sanctuary,” claiming that it is “Adelaide’s only male only[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 10 July 2023 – 16 July 2023

Survey Finds Half of Female Engineers Experienced Discrimination and Harassment A recent report published by Professionals Australia has found that over one half of female engineers surveyed in Australia have experienced gender-based discrimination in the last three years. The report involved a survey of over 1,400 engineers across Australia on topics including experiences at work[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 12 June 2023 – 18 June 2023

Transgender Guidelines in High-Performance Australian Sport Released The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has released its inclusion of transgender and gender diverse guidelines for high performing athletes this week. The guidelines serve as a reminder for sport’s governing authorities to obey Australian law and promote a “spirit of inclusion.” According to the article, the new guidelines[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 15 May 2023 – 21 May 2023

Former FIFO Worker Found Guilty of Raping Colleague at BHP Mine Site Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) worker Ryan Zabaznow was found guilty this week of raping a co-worker at a regional mine site in Western Australia. The case was highly publicised amongst several allegations of sexual harassment in the mining sector. Zabaznow was accused of sexually[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 17 April 2023 – 23 April 2023

Basketball Australia Rules Transgender Athlete Unable to Play Basketball Australia has informed a transgender athlete, Lexi Rodgers, that she is ineligible to play basketball at the elite level this season. Rodgers had attempted to play for the Kilsyth Cobras, a semi-professional league that is below the professional NBL and WBNL teams. Rogers’ case was decided[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 27 March 2023 – 2 April 2023

Former Victorian Magistrate ‘Sexually Harassed’ Junior Solicitor A Victorian magistrate has been stood down following allegations he sexually harassed a young solicitor in December of last year. Mr Richard Pithouse resigned on 24 March this year due to concerns made about his “in-court behaviour last September.” According to the article, the former magistrate was alleged[…..]