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 13 November 2023 – 19 November 2023

Cost Reforms Introduced to Better Protect Applicants in Discrimination Matters On Wednesday this week, the Albanese Government introduced the Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (Costs Protection) Bill 2023. The bill would implement the Government’s response to Recommendation 25 of the Respect@Work report. The report had previously found that applicants were “often deterred from proceeding to[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 30 May – 5 June 2022

High Court finds employer failed to enforce a safe system of work The High Court recently decided in Kozarov v Victoria (Kozarov)1 that some work, by its very nature, puts an employer on notice that an employee may suffer a psychiatric injury as a result of performing the work. Being on notice of such risks[…..]

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

AFP Officer Not Double Dipping Ms Friend was employed by the Australian Federal Police since 2006. In late 2013, she was diagnosed with severe depression, anxiety and PTSD. In 2014, she submitted a worker’s compensation claim for gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome and a psychological condition she attributed to prolonged harassment and bullying from her supervisor.[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 30 August to 5 September

Views Sought for Anti-Discrimination Law Reform Western Australian Attorney-General John Quigley is encouraging submissions on Western Australia’s anti-discrimination laws. The Law Reform Commission released a discussion paper this week as part of its review of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA). It suggests that more can be done to protect and encourage equal treatment to[…..]

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

ASX 200 Failing on Harassment A new survey conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission on behalf of investment group, Australian Council of Superannuation Investors, has found only 19 per cent of ASX 200 companies believe the board was primarily responsible for writing of policies governing sexual harassment and responses to these issues, with the[…..]

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 28 February – 7 March 2021

Workplace Lawsuit Against Two Cabinet Ministers Looms Two federal government ministers are facing legal action over the treatment of a former staff member, Rachelle Miller. The legal action is focused on the period Ms Miller worked for Alan Tudge when he was human services minister, and for Michaelia Cash when she was jobs and innovation[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 7 December 2020 – 13 December 2020

25% Victorian Local Government Employees Have been Sexually Harassed in the Last 12 Months A new report conducted by the Victorian Auditor General’s Office (VAGO) has found that more than one in four employees of Victorian councils have been sexually harassed in the last 12 months. The VAGO’s audit of five councils and nearly 10,000[…..]