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 18 March 2024 – 24 March 2024

Landmark AHRC Project to Improve Prevention and Response Strategies for Sexual Harassment at Work The Speaking from Experience Project invites people, especially those from minority groups, who have experienced workplace sexual harassment to help Sex Discrimination Commissioner Dr Anna Cody and the team to improve prevention and response strategies in Australian workplaces. “Speaking from Experience[…..]

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 10 – 16 January 2022

Melbourne Victory Handed Show Cause Notice After Josh Cavallo Calls Out Homophobic Abuse Football Australia has responded to an incident at the last A-League Men match, which involved Melbourne Victory supporters directing homophobic abuse at Josh Cavallo. The Adelaide United player is the only out gay player in top-tier men’s soccer worldwide. Football Australia handed[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 3 – 9 January 2022

Victoria Mandating Gender Quotas on Construction Industry Is A ‘Good Start’ Victoria is implementing a mandatory quota that will ensure that women make up at least 35 per cent of management roles in government projects. The decision has been welcomed by organisations that advocate for gender equality. Notably, the Chair of the National Association of[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 11-17 October 2021

Sony Music Fires Chief Executive, Denis Handlin, After Allegations Of Bullying, Discrimination and Misconduct Four Corners released an exposé on Sony Music Australia and revealed its workplace history of bullying, gender discrimination and misconduct. Over 100 current and former employees have spoken out on bullying, discrimination and misconduct experienced during their employment at Sony Music.[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 20 – 26 September

Dozens of Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Public Sector Employees During the Budget Estimates hearing this week, Premier Mark McGowan has revealed the number of complaints of bullying and harassment received against public sector employees. Mr McGowan said 36 sexual harassment allegations had been made in the past 12 months. Of these allegations, 14 were substantiated[…..]

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

Unfair Dismissal for Harassing Customer: Bridge v Globe Bottleshops [2011] FWC 3253 The applicant was dismissed by their employer for serious misconduct involving harassment in breach of the respondent’s safe workplace policy following a customer complaint. The customer alleged that the applicant made comments of a sexual nature towards her. The respondent decided to dismiss[…..]

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

Federal Parliament’s Sexual Harassment Training for Politicians Will Be One Hour and Optional The Community and Public Sector Union has condemned the proposal for one-hour training for Australia’s federal members of parliament as a “tick and flick exercise.” Details obtained from tender documents have revealed that Government is seeking an organisation to provide training covering[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 4 – 11 April 2021

PM Convenes First Women’s Cabinet Meeting Prime Minister Scott Morrison brought together senior colleagues this week at the first meeting of the new cabinet women’s task force. Minister for Women Marise Payne, who co-chaired the inaugural meeting in Canberra, said the group’s priority would be responding to the Respect at Work report. The report was[…..]