What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 4 December 2023 – 10 December 2023

Independent Review Reveals Bullying, Harassment and Safety Concerns at a South Australian Forensic Mental Health Service An independent review has revealed reports of bullying, harassment, gaslighting and feeling unsafe at work at a South Australian forensic mental health service. The external review was conducted in light of a letter sent by “concerned staff” at James […]

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 2 October 2023 – 8 October 2023

Disability Services Minda Incorporated Fined $42,000 Following Sexual Assault of Worker SafeWork South Australia (SA) announced this week that Minda Incorporated (‘Minda’) was fined $42,000 after a worker was sexually and physically assaulted by a youth in their care. The investigation conducted by SafeWork SA found that Minda had “failed to provide a safe system[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 30 January 2023 – 5 February 2023

Teal Member of Parliament Faces Federal Court Following Employee Allegations Teal MP Monique Ryan has been taken to court by activist and current employee Sally Rugg. Ryan attempted to dismiss Rugg only six months after her employment in her position as chief of staff as Rugg “refused to work ‘unreasonable’ hours.” According to the Fair[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 21 – 27 November 2022

Important Inquiry Shines a Light On Transgender And Gay Hate Crimes The recent mass shooting in Colorado that targeted LGBT+ individuals has aligned with the first week of public hearings for an inquiry into historical hate crimes against the LGBTQI+ community in NSW. The inquiry will examine hate crimes from 1970 to 2010. It is[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 31 October – 6 November 2022

Employers To Be Named for Flouting New Sexual Harassment Laws Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has announced that employers who do not meet the new laws to prevent sexual harassment will be named by Australia’s new human rights watchdog. The new national law introduces a positive duty for employers to prevent harassment. This is the recent move[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 17 – 23 October 2022

Is A ‘Neutral’ Workplace Dress Code Discriminatory? Australian commentators have been interested in the recent European Court of Justice decision where a neutral dress code at a workplace was not ruled as direct or indirect discrimination based on religion or belief. The case concerned a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf who was denied interviewing for[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 26 September – 2 October 2022

Onus On Employers To Eliminate Sexual Misconduct The Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022 was introduced at Federal Parliament on 27 September. The Bill will implement recommendations 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 25 and 43 of the Respect@Work report. The Bill will make employers responsible for preventing sexual harassment and[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 19 – 25 September 2022

McGowan Government Responds To Sexual Harassment Inquiry On 21 September, Premier Mark McGowan released a statement on the WA Government’s response to the inquiry on sexual harassment in the mining industry. The recommendations from Enough is Enough will all be implemented alongside those from the Respect@Work report. Notably, a code of practice will be created[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 5 – 11 September 2022

Australia: Introducing Positive Duties to Eliminate Sexual Harassment In The Workplace Australia’s federal anti-discrimination laws currently hold employers vicariously liable for unlawful acts of discrimination and harassment by their employees, unless the employer can show that it took all reasonable steps to prevent the act occurring. If you want to know what constitutes all reasonable[…..]