What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 6 November 2023 – 12 November 2023

Sydney Jeweller Ordered to Pay Record Amount of General Damages for Sexual Harassment This week, the Federal Court ordered a record amount of general damages in a sexual harassment case in Sydney. Justice Anna Katzmann awarded Fiona Taylor $268,233.64 in damages after she was found to have been sexually harassed by Simon Grew, owner of […]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 7 August 2023 – 13 August 2023

South Australian Barbershop Applies for Exemption from Equal Opportunity Act A barbershop based in Adelaide has applied for an exemption under the Equal Opportunity Act to prevent women from entering the company’s premises. According to the article, the barbershop aims to provide clients with a “male sanctuary,” claiming that it is “Adelaide’s only male only[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 3 July 2023 – 9 July 2023

Western Australian Summit Held Next Month After Resources Sector Sexual Misconduct A new summit will be held next month in Perth to address the workplace culture within the Western Australian resources sector. The summit will take place following a recent #MeToo movement across the industry. According to the article, former sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins[…..]

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 27 March 2023 – 2 April 2023

Former Victorian Magistrate ‘Sexually Harassed’ Junior Solicitor A Victorian magistrate has been stood down following allegations he sexually harassed a young solicitor in December of last year. Mr Richard Pithouse resigned on 24 March this year due to concerns made about his “in-court behaviour last September.” According to the article, the former magistrate was alleged[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 20 March 2023 – 26 March 2023

Sexual Harassment Widespread in Retail Industry The University of Sydney in partnership with the Australian National University released a new report on 23 March 2023 detailing the experiences of men and women in the Australian retail industry. The retail industry is reportedly Australia’s second largest industry, constituted of approximately 10% of the Australian workforce. The[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 20 February 2023 – 26 February 2023

Victorian Worker Wins Sexual Harassment Appeal in Supreme Court of Victoria A Victorian Supreme Court has found that a pay-out of $10,000 following a sexual harassment claim was “inadequate in the extreme.” Ms Leung was found to have been sexually harassed by her manager at Gumboots Australia six times between September 2019 and January 2020.[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 18 – 24 April 2022

Boss Ordered To Pay $10,000 For Buttock-Slapping Harassment A female employee has been awarded $10,000 in damages after her superior repeatedly slapped her on the buttocks at work. The decision was handed down at the end of March 2022. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal ordered Billy Cheung to pay damages after finding he had[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 14 – 20 February 2022

Dyson Heydon Victims Secure Settlement Three women who were sexually harassed by former High Court judge, Dyson Heydon, have secured a historic settlement payment. The compensation payouts were awarded in secret to the victims, Rachel Patterson Collins, Chelsea Tabart and Alex Eggerking. The payment packages are reported to have exceeded more than a million dollars.[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 27 September – 3 October

Mandatory Vaccines “Discriminatory”, Queensland Police Officers’ Lawyer Says A lawyer for 50 Queensland Police Service employees has written to Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll claiming the vaccine mandate is discriminatory and breaches the workplace award. The letter claims that the members of the group ‘object to the directive and prospective changes in conditions of their employment[…..]