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 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[…..]

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

National Survey of Mental Health-Related Stigma and Discrimination The results of the National Survey of Mental Health-Related Stigma and Discrimination have been released. The survey was completed in August 2021 by around 8000 participants. The survey included a series of questions on mental health-related discrimination in the workplace. One in three people reported unfair treatment[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 24 – 31 October 2022

Sydney University sued by lecturer alleging age, sex and disability discrimination Geoffrey Fripp, a marketing lecturer at the University of Sydney, has commenced an action at the Federal Court for discrimination. Mr Fripp claims he was discriminated on the basis of age, sex and disability in breach of employment law. He is pursuing $526,000 in[…..]

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 16 – 22 May 2022

Sexual Harassment Complaints Up By 25pc, Says Kate Jenkins Sex discrimination commissioner, Kate Jenkins, has warned employers to “get their house in order” to address sexual harassment as employees return to work. Harassment complaints have risen to 25 per cent since the beginning of the pandemic. Kate Jenkins also said that the Australia Human Rights[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 4 – 10 April 2022

Australia’s First National Domestic, Family And Sexual Violence Commissioner On 8 April 2022, the Minister for Women’s Safety announced the first Australian National Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commissioner will be Catherine Fitzpatrick. This new role is being created under the new budget to address women’s issues in Australia. The Coalition is pledging $22.4 million[…..]

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

Can I Fire an Employee For Their Social Media Posts? Social media and the internet create added challenges for the human resources industry. In 2011, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) confirmed that employers can make employment decisions based on an employee’s personal social media posts. This has been reiterated in the 2022 decision of Corry[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 18 February to 6 March 2022

Boards Central to End Sexual Harassment On 2 March 2022, Kate Jenkins spoke to the importance of boards in preventing sexual harassment in a company. Ms Jenkins is the Sex Discrimination Commissioner. She spoke at the Australian Governance Summit, noting that only 19% of Australian companies recognised the role of the board in being central[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 27 December – 2 January 2021

‘Shit In Me Boots’: Docks Worker Nicknamed ‘Rat Dog’ Loses Bullying Case The Victorian County Court recently ruled against a plaintiff (Melbourne dock worker) in a workplace bullying case. The plaintiff’s claim was brought in negligence and in contract. He says that in the course of his employment with the defendant (P&O Ports), and from[…..]