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 9 – 15 August

Sexual Harassment Damages Increased The President of the Industrial Court of Queensland has increased the compensation for a woman who suffered sexual harassment and discrimination at the hands of her employer, describing the initial sum as “manifestly inadequate.” President Davis set aside the initial award from the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, replacing it with an[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 26 July – 1 Aug

Performance Management was not Bullying: No Constructive Dismissal due to Resignation The Fair Work Commission has dismissed an application by an employee alleging that performance improvement plan and warning letters amounted to bullying. Christopher Burgess applied to the Commission under s394 of the Fair Work Act for an unfair dismissal remedy in relation to Optus.[…..]

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 24 – 30 May 2021

Australia Post Senate Inquiry Report Released, Recommending that the PM Apologise to Christine Holgate The report of the Senate Committee Inquiry into Australia Post and the ousting of Christine Holgate over Cartier watches had been published, listing 25 recommendations. Among them is a recommendation that the Australia Post Board, Shareholder Ministers and the Prime Minister[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 17 – 23 May 2021

Commonwealth Parliamentary Review Now Open for Submissions And Interviews The Australian Human Rights Commission has begun inviting contributions to its Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces. The Review will consider the workplace culture of Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces and will deliver its findings in November 2021. The Commission is welcoming contributions from people who work or[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 25 April – 02 May 2021

‘Misogynists, Egotistical Bullies’ Revealed in Aviation Firefighting Review Victoria’s aviation firefighting agencies are being urged to clean up a negative culture within their ranks, with some staff accused of running a boys’ club and bullying colleagues, even during emergency situations. An external investigation was undertaken into the state’s aviation firefighting units after years of bullying[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 9 November 2020 – 15 November 2020

ABC Exposes Christian Porter and Alan Tudge’s Inappropriate Behaviour An ABC’s Four Corners report has exposed the bedroom misdeeds of Australia’s Attorney-General Christian Porter and Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge. The program exposed that Tudge engaged in an extramarital affair with his press secretary and Porter allegedly engaged in a pattern of sleazy behaviour dating[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 27 July 2020 – 2 August 2020

Workplace Massage Justifies Summary Dismissal, Says FWC The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has upheld the summary dismissal of a cleaning company employee who agreed to massage a schoolteacher. The cleaning company, Bright Lightz Cleaning, dismissed Ms Jennifer Fauni under the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code after she squeezed the teacher’s back with her hands for[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 24 – 30 September 2018

Alice Springs Councillors Allege Culture of Bullying Alice Springs Town councillors have made allegations that there is a workplace culture of bullying. Five of the nine councillors, whose terms have not yet lasted one year, claim to be the personal victims of bullying or to have seen others being bullied. Cr Marli Banks is one[…..]