What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 26 Feb 2024 – 03 Mar 2024

Worker who quit ‘in the heat of the moment’ did not constitute resignation The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently dealt with a worker’s claim that his termination was ended at the employer’s initiative when he resigned “in the heat of the moment.” He asserted that the employer should have clarified his intention, especially since he […]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 26 June 2023 – 2 July 2023

Legal Practice Board of Western Australia Launches ‘Speak Safely’ for Legal Professionals The Legal Practice Board of Western Australia has released a new online tool for legal professionals to report instances of harassment and inappropriate behaviour within workplaces. According to the article, the new “Speak Safely” program provides an anonymous online portal for legal practitioners[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 10 April 2023 – 16 April 2023

Victorian Government Faces Criticism Over Bullying and Harassment Reforms to WorkCover The Victorian government has faced criticism this week following its announcement to reform WorkCover through the exclusion of workplace bullying and harassment in mental injury claims. The government previously stated last month that WorkCover was “fundamentally broken” and “unsustainable due to the ballooning costs[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 12 – 18 December 2022

2 Women Sexually Harassed By Late Supreme Court Judge Win Settlement Two women have received settlement after Peter Vickery harassed and discriminated against them. The women made the claims against Vickery, who was a Supreme Court judge in Victoria, in 2020. His inappropriate behaviour included sending sexual poetry and kissing one of the women on[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 12 – 18 September 2022

Bullying, harassment and exploitation – all in a day’s work in hospitality The University of Queensland released results from a survey it conducted on the hospitality industry. The study involved 400 hospitality employees between late 2021 and early 2022. The study revealed that the industry is rife with sexual harassment, bullying and exploitation. Over 60%[…..]

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 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[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 29 November – 5 December 2021

Review Finds 1 In 3 Staff in Federal Parliament Experience Sexual Harassment Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, conducted a review into sexual harassment in federal parliament. The findings show that one in three employees have experienced a form of sexual harassment. The review began in response to rape allegations made by Brittany Higgins. Ms Higgins[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 22-28 November 2021

Half of Men in Corporate Australia Are Fatigued by Gender Equality The results of a survey have been released, revealing that half of men working in corporate professions believe that reverse gender discrimination is occurring. Almost half of the men interviewed believe that there is too much discussion on gender equality in the workplace. The[…..]

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.[…..]