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 18 December 2023 – 24 December 2023

Safe Work Australia Releases ‘Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment’ Web Page Safe Work Australia released this week a “sexual and gender-based harassment” resource page. The web page contains an overview and includes information relating to WHS duties, such as how to manage risks. Further, it contains resources including: • Preventing workplace sexual harassment – guidance for[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 27 November 2023 – 3 December 2023

Is Working from Home and Flexibility Dying Out? The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently dealt with a case against an Adelaide man who wanted to work full-time from home. The case has occurred in light of a number of large corporations (such as Commonwealth Bank, NAB and IBM) who have ordered their employees back into[…..]

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 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 May 2023 – 21 May 2023

Former FIFO Worker Found Guilty of Raping Colleague at BHP Mine Site Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) worker Ryan Zabaznow was found guilty this week of raping a co-worker at a regional mine site in Western Australia. The case was highly publicised amongst several allegations of sexual harassment in the mining sector. Zabaznow was accused of sexually[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 1 May 2023 – 7 May 2023

Survey Finds 4 out of 10 Workers Bullied in South Australian Local Government A recent survey by the Australian Services Union (ASU) has found that almost 1 in 2 South Australian local government workers have experienced workplace bullying. According to the article, of the 385 local government workers surveyed, 45% of respondents had witnessed bullying[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 10 April 2023 – 16 April 2023

Victorian Government Faces Criticism Over Bullying and Harassment Reforms to WorkCover The Victorian government has faced criticism this week following its announcement to reform WorkCover through the exclusion of workplace bullying and harassment in mental injury claims. The government previously stated last month that WorkCover was “fundamentally broken” and “unsustainable due to the ballooning costs[…..]

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

Independent Review Finds Sexual Harassment in Australian Antarctic Division An independent review into the workplace culture at the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) has uncovered that 24% of female workers have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. Further, of this 24% who experienced sexual harassment, 55% occurred in Antarctica, with 80% of incidents remaining unreported. The[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 29 August – 4 September 2022

Poor Management: The Biggest Risk Factor For Workplace Bullying The University of South Australia has released a paper titled Workplace bullying as an organisational problem: Spotlight on people management practices. The paper was led by Professor Michelle Tuckey in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Queensland and Auburn University. The researchers developed a screening[…..]