What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 11 March 2024 – 17 March 2024

Custody Officer at a Justice Complex Unfairly Dismissed The Fair Work Commission heard an unfair dismissal case in relation to a worker who was dismissed from his position as a custody officer at a justice complex (court). The worker was involved in an incident with a Person in Custody (PIC), during which the worker head-butted […]

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 29 January 2024 – 4 February 2024

Government to Introduce New Provision Which Give Workers a Right to Disconnect The government is set to introduce a new workplace provision in the first sitting week of Parliament in 2024 which would allow workers to tell their boss to stop making unreasonable contact outside of work hours. Crossbenchers Senator Lambie and Senator Pocock have[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 12 June 2023 – 18 June 2023

Transgender Guidelines in High-Performance Australian Sport Released The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has released its inclusion of transgender and gender diverse guidelines for high performing athletes this week. The guidelines serve as a reminder for sport’s governing authorities to obey Australian law and promote a “spirit of inclusion.” According to the article, the new guidelines[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 15 – 21 August 2022

At Last, WA Equal Opportunity Act has Been Reviewed On 17 August, Western Australian Attorney General John Quigley tabled the review of the Equal Opportunity Act to Parliament. The review was conducted by the Law Reform Commission and began in 2019. WA Premier Mark McGowan announced that Parliament is accepting most of the 163 recommendations.[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 25 – 31 July 2022

Can Employers, Like NRL Clubs, Direct Players In Contradiction To Their Beliefs? This week, seven players from Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles refused to wear the pride jersey that displayed the rainbow flag. The controversy has sparked employment law questions around the extent to which an employer can direct an employee to promote, or be involved in,[…..]

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 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 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 7 March 2021 – 14 March 2021

Woman Fired After Reporting Horror Sexual Harassment from Boss Jessica, whose name has been changed for privacy reasons, worked at a Sydney-based creative company. She was sexually harassed by her boss and reported it to her workplace, only to be terminated two months later. She described the workplace as being toxic from her very first[…..]