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 18 September 2023 – 24 September 2023

Bonuses and Pay Rises Can Be Withheld from Employees and Managers Employers will be able to withhold bonuses and pay rises from managers and employees in order to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. From December, employers have a positive duty to prevent sexual assault, harassment and similar discriminatory behaviour. The legislation shifts[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 11 September 2023 – 17 September 2023

Victorian Nurse Suspended for Sexually Harassing Colleagues A Victorian male nurse was suspended this week for a period of 8 months after sexually harassing female colleagues. Stephan Harris was found by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to have sexually harassed four women between 2015 and 2019 at a rural hospital. It was alleged[…..]

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 9 – 15 January 2023

Court Orders $53,00 To Former Worker After Sexual Harassment and Racial Discrimination In Workplace VCAT provides yet another example of its firm approach to sexual harassment claims – Lexology Link to case: Kumari v Bervar Pty Ltd (Human Rights) [2023] VCAT 21 (9 January 2023) (austlii.edu.au) judgement: On 9 January 2023, the Victorian Civil and[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 28 November – 4 December 2022

Respect at Work Bill Passed • The Government announced the passage of the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Act 2022 (‘the Bill’) through Parliament. The Bill has now passed through both house of Parliament and is awaiting Royal Assent. The key amendments are • Positive duty: The introduction of a positive[…..]

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 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[…..]

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[…..]