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 14 August 2023 – 19 August 2023

Qantas Pilot Ordered to Re-Write Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Claim This week, a Qantas pilot was ordered by the Federal Court to re-write a part of her discrimination and sexual harassment statement of claim against the airline. Davida Forshaw is claiming that her former employer Qantas airlines discriminated against her based on her sex. In[…..]

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 10 April 2023 – 16 April 2023

Victorian Government Faces Criticism Over Bullying and Harassment Reforms to WorkCover The Victorian government has faced criticism this week following its announcement to reform WorkCover through the exclusion of workplace bullying and harassment in mental injury claims. The government previously stated last month that WorkCover was “fundamentally broken” and “unsustainable due to the ballooning costs[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 27 February 2023 – 5 March 2023

Woodside Dismisses Twelve Workers for Misconduct On Monday, Woodside Energy released its 2022 annual report, which provides the results of completed investigations into workplace misconduct. The report reveals that 36 investigations were conducted, resulting in the termination of six employees and six contractors. Further, of these investigations, seven cases were related to sexual harassment and[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 11-17 July 2022

Victoria To Restrict Deals Silencing Sexual Harassment Victims Victoria has accepted and is implementing all 26 recommendations from the ministerial taskforce on sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment is to be added to industrial laws and made an official occupational health and safety issue. The onus is being put on Victorian businesses to provide[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 13 – 19 June 2022

Australia: Is Rejecting a Working From Home Request Bullying? In a recent application to the Fair Work Commission, it was concluded that rejecting a working from home request did not amount to bullying. In Application by Dr Veronica Hampson [2022] FWC 935, the Commission found that the supervisor had received advice that the employee was[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 14 – 20 February 2022

Dyson Heydon Victims Secure Settlement Three women who were sexually harassed by former High Court judge, Dyson Heydon, have secured a historic settlement payment. The compensation payouts were awarded in secret to the victims, Rachel Patterson Collins, Chelsea Tabart and Alex Eggerking. The payment packages are reported to have exceeded more than a million dollars.[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 7 – 13 February 2022

Westpac Manager Fired for Two Second Touch to Female Colleagues Bottom In a landmark decision by the Fair Work Commission, Deputy President Binet upheld a sacking by Westpac of one of their senior managers, with a 35-year unblemished record, for touching the bottom of a junior female staff member at after work drinks. CCTV footage[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 3 – 9 January 2022

Victoria Mandating Gender Quotas on Construction Industry Is A ‘Good Start’ Victoria is implementing a mandatory quota that will ensure that women make up at least 35 per cent of management roles in government projects. The decision has been welcomed by organisations that advocate for gender equality. Notably, the Chair of the National Association of[…..]