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 consequent on any failure to comply with the directive’ on the basis they were not consulted before it was made. It further claims the directive and prospective changes in employment are ‘discriminatory.’

One in Five Workplace Complaints Relate To Sexual Harassment

The Equal Opportunity Commission’s Annual Report has revealed that one in five workplace complaints in Western Australia related to sexual harassment. Equal Opportunity Commissioner John Byrne said that the #MeToo movement has encouraged more people to come forward to expose inappropriate behaviour. Among the cases was a 15 year old girl who was allegedly sexually harassed and threatened by a co-worker at a fast food outlet. She brought her complaint to the Commissioner after no action was taken by management. The report also shows that discrimination against people with disabilities and impairments makes up 15% of all work-related complaints, while racial complaints made up 10%.