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 13 November 2023 – 19 November 2023

Cost Reforms Introduced to Better Protect Applicants in Discrimination Matters On Wednesday this week, the Albanese Government introduced the Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (Costs Protection) Bill 2023. The bill would implement the Government’s response to Recommendation 25 of the Respect@Work report. The report had previously found that applicants were “often deterred from proceeding to[…..]

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 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 8 May 2023 – 14 May 2023

Former Chief Staffer Sally Rugg Settles Lawsuit Against Monique Ryan Former Chief of Staff Sally Rugg has agreed to a $100,000 settlement in relation to her lawsuit against MP Monique Ryan. The settlement includes no admission by Ryan or by the federal government. The case commenced this year in the federal court by Sally Rugg,[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 12 – 18 December 2022

2 Women Sexually Harassed By Late Supreme Court Judge Win Settlement Two women have received settlement after Peter Vickery harassed and discriminated against them. The women made the claims against Vickery, who was a Supreme Court judge in Victoria, in 2020. His inappropriate behaviour included sending sexual poetry and kissing one of the women on[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 26 September – 2 October 2022

Onus On Employers To Eliminate Sexual Misconduct The Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022 was introduced at Federal Parliament on 27 September. The Bill will implement recommendations 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 25 and 43 of the Respect@Work report. The Bill will make employers responsible for preventing sexual harassment and[…..]

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[…..]