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 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 20 November 2023 – 26 November 2023

AHRC Hosts Positive Duty Webinar It’s only two weeks out from when the powers of the AHRC and their positive duty are live on the 12th December 2023. This webinar hosted by the AHRC is a great opportunity to hear what powers the Commission have, how they will use them and how a workplace can[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 6 November 2023 – 12 November 2023

Sydney Jeweller Ordered to Pay Record Amount of General Damages for Sexual Harassment This week, the Federal Court ordered a record amount of general damages in a sexual harassment case in Sydney. Justice Anna Katzmann awarded Fiona Taylor $268,233.64 in damages after she was found to have been sexually harassed by Simon Grew, owner of[…..]

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 23 October 2023 – 29 October 2023

Two Victorian Hospital Cafes Fined Almost $300,000 For Sexual Harassment of Works Two hospital cafes have been prosecuted by Worksafe and fined almost $300,000 over the sexual harassment of workers in Victoria. The owner of the two coffee shops was convicted on two charges for “failing to ensure a workplace under his control was safe[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 9 October 2023 – 15 October 2023

Lawyers and Barristers Placed on Notice in Relation to Sexual Harassment The watchdog for the legal profession has warned that barristers and solicitors may face disbarment or losing their right to practice if they fail to take adequate steps to prevent sexual harassment or discrimination of their staff. Practitioners will be closely watched as to[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 2 October 2023 – 8 October 2023

Disability Services Minda Incorporated Fined $42,000 Following Sexual Assault of Worker SafeWork South Australia (SA) announced this week that Minda Incorporated (‘Minda’) was fined $42,000 after a worker was sexually and physically assaulted by a youth in their care. The investigation conducted by SafeWork SA found that Minda had “failed to provide a safe system[…..]