What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 12 – 18 September 2022

Bullying, harassment and exploitation – all in a day’s work in hospitality

The University of Queensland released results from a survey it conducted on the hospitality industry. The study involved 400 hospitality employees between late 2021 and early 2022. The study revealed that the industry is rife with sexual harassment, bullying and exploitation. Over 60% of interviewees had experienced sexual harassment, and bullying or racial abuse. Over 70% of employees had witnessed these behaviours. Most respondents said that abuse came from managers or supervisors. The study was conducted by Associate Professor Richard Robinson from the University’s Business School.

Skilled Migrant Workers Speak Up About Sponsorship Visa Exploitation and Workplace Sexual Harassment

The ABC did a story on migrant work issues, showing that migrants experience employment discrimination and exploitation. Notably, data from the Fair Work Ombudsman showed that between 2020 and 2021 that 19% of its disputes were related to migrant workers. The coordinator at Employment Rights Legal Service has spoken on the immense power imbalance between Australia employers and migrant employees which leads to exploitation. Laurie Berg, an associate professor in immigration at the University of Technology Sydney, further commented on the consequences being a lot more serious for the worker than the employer should a skilled migrant report illegal conduct.

Four Steps Corporate Australia Must Take to Increase Diversity in Business

KPMG posted an article on its website making recommendations to encourage diversity in corporate workplaces. These recommendations were: (1) talent pipelines must not be allowed to wane; (2) provide effective support for smaller listed entities; (3) look beyond gender measurable objectives; and (4) address sexual harassment in the workplace. The fourth recommendation is particularly pertinent as bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment are obstacles for diversity in the workplace as certain demographics experience higher rates of inappropriate behaviour at work.