What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Unfair Dismissal, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 5 Feb – 11 Feb 2024

Employee accused of misconduct reinstated following ‘deeply flawed’ investigation The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has reinstated an employee of a mining company after his employer failed to conduct a thorough investigation into allegations of misconduct. The decision is a reminder for employers to ensure that they have the necessary expertise and procedures in place before […]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 21 August 2023 – 27 August 2023

Decrease in Sexual Harassment in Australia, Not Sexual Violence Recent data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown that approximately 1.3 million women and more than 400,000 men have been subjected to sexual harassment in the last 12 months. According to the article, while women mostly reported inappropriate comments in relation to[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 18-24 October 2021

WA Labor to Introduce New Legislation to Address Workplace Bullying and Sexual Harassment On 20 October 2021, the McGowan Government announced it was introducing the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 to improve employment protections. Among the changes is a new framework to address bullying and sexual harassment. The Bill will allow the WA Industrial[…..]

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 16 – 22 August

Female FIFO Workers Sexually Assaulted, Harassed The Australian Workers Union and the Mining and Energy Union have released the results of a survey of 425 fly-in fly-out workers, including 125 women, as part of their submission to a state parliamentary inquiry into sexual harassment in the mining industry. The report revealed one in five women[…..]

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

Companies Must Have a Duty to Eliminate Sexual Harassment: Kate Jenkins The Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, has called on the government to impose a positive duty on employers to take reasonable steps to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace. The interim report on the inquiry into Parliament House culture urged the government to implement[…..]

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 12 October 2020 – 18 October 2020

Allianz Report Shows Psychological WC Claims Increased by 80% Since 2017 A report by Allianz has found that the cost of psychological workers compensation claims has increased by 80% since 2017. The Allianz Future Thriving Workplaces report found that the behaviours employees claim most negatively influenced their mental health are: • Ineffective or unfair management[…..]