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 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 4 – 10 October

AFP Officer Not Double Dipping Ms Friend was employed by the Australian Federal Police since 2006. In late 2013, she was diagnosed with severe depression, anxiety and PTSD. In 2014, she submitted a worker’s compensation claim for gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome and a psychological condition she attributed to prolonged harassment and bullying from her supervisor.[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 31 May – 6 June

Foster Review Finds Incidents Reporting Systems Deficient The Foster Review into parliamentary workplaces has found its processes are not designed or able to appropriately deal with bullying, assault or sexual assault. The review, conducted by deputy secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Stephanie Foster, found 76 complaints across four years were made[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 11 – 18 April 2021

Councillor, Sandy Grekas, on Gender Abuse and Harassment in Local Government Female councillors have today spoken out about how the toxic workplace culture inside federal and NSW Parliaments is replicated at a local level and is a disincentive for women to enter local government. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, female councillors face a barrage[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 28 February – 7 March 2021

Workplace Lawsuit Against Two Cabinet Ministers Looms Two federal government ministers are facing legal action over the treatment of a former staff member, Rachelle Miller. The legal action is focused on the period Ms Miller worked for Alan Tudge when he was human services minister, and for Michaelia Cash when she was jobs and innovation[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 14 December 2020 – 20 December 2020

McLachlan’s Criminal Charges Dropped Due to Issue of Consent Melbourne magistrate Belinda Wallington has dismissed all 13 charges of indecent assault against Australian actor Craig McLachlan. The 55-year-old was charged with seven counts of indecent assault and six of common law assault against four female co-stars. While magistrate Belinda Wallington made it known that the[…..]