What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 15 April 2024 – 21 April 2024

Project Manager Quits During Investigation into Workplace’s ‘Toxic Culture’ The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently dealt with an unfair dismissal case involving a project manager who resigned from his employment during a workplace investigation. The key issue was whether the worker’s resignation amounted to a (constructive) dismissal under the Fair Work Act. In this case, […]

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 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 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 Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 29 January 2024 – 4 February 2024

Government to Introduce New Provision Which Give Workers a Right to Disconnect The government is set to introduce a new workplace provision in the first sitting week of Parliament in 2024 which would allow workers to tell their boss to stop making unreasonable contact outside of work hours. Crossbenchers Senator Lambie and Senator Pocock have[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 15 January 2024 – 21 January 2024

Former ABC Presenter Antoinette Lattouf Says She Will “Fight for as Long as it Takes” in Unlawful Termination Case Antoinette Lattouf, a former ABC presenter and journalist, says that she will “fight as long as it takes” in her unlawful termination case against the broadcaster. Ms Lattouf lodged an unlawful dismissal case against the ABC[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 25 December 2023 – 31 December 2023

New South Wales Mental Health Commission Allegedly Has ‘Toxic Workplace Culture’ The New South Wales Mental Health Commission, which is responsible for improving the state’s mental health and wellbeing, is facing a “disastrous” employee survey which revealed that it is “one of the unhappiest workplaces in the public service.” The workplace culture involves bullying and[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 11 December 2023 – 17 December 2023

Controversial Lawyer Nathan Buckley Faces Discipline for Social Media Posts The New South Wales (NSW) Law Society’s council brought an application against controversial lawyer Nathan Buckley in late 2021. The council alleged that his social media activity in 2021 amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. In one of his posts, Mr Buckley is[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 4 December 2023 – 10 December 2023

Independent Review Reveals Bullying, Harassment and Safety Concerns at a South Australian Forensic Mental Health Service An independent review has revealed reports of bullying, harassment, gaslighting and feeling unsafe at work at a South Australian forensic mental health service. The external review was conducted in light of a letter sent by “concerned staff” at James[…..]