What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 28 March – 3 April 2022

High Court Justices to Undertake Annual Harassment, Bullying Training

A series of new reforms are being introduced to the High Court in response to the sexual harassment incidents involving former justice, Dyson Heydon. Staff members and associates will have the option to end a contract with a justice involved in sexual harassment complaints. High Court justices will also be required to attend annual training on harassment and bullying. The new protocol prohibits bullying, harassment and discrimination and offers added protection to the employees making complaints.

Culture Of Bullying, Sexism, Racism at City Of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Revealed By Damning Report

An independent review into the workplace culture of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has revealed ongoing bullying, harassment, sexism, casual racism and aggressive behaviours. The report was commissioned almost a year ago following the suspension of the then-CEO for allegations of misconduct. The report was conducted by Inspired Development Solutions, which scored the City -56 for culture. The rating system rates from -100 to 100. The average score for local governments is 47. Former employees spoke out against the unprofessional behaviour at the City, even referring to the organisation as a “boys’ club.”

Tim Paine Could Give Evidence in Sexual Harassment Trial

In a recent update on the Tim Paine sexual harassment lawsuit, Mr Paine might be required to give evidence before the Federal Court. The action concerns sexually explicit messages sent to former Cricket Tasmania staff member, Renee Ferguson without consent. This included a photograph of Mr Paine’s penis. Ms Ferguson and Cricket Tasmania were ordered to attend a mediation this month to try and settle the matter. The parties failed to reach an agreement.

PM’s Budget Sell Derailed by Fresh Bullying Claims

Scott Morrison has been accused of bullying by Senator Fierravanti-Wells. The senator called the Prime Minister a “bully who has no moral compass.” She also claimed that the Prime Minister’s faith was a marketing ploy. This allegation came after Fierravanti-Wells was not preselected for re-election. The claim has been “completely” backed-up by Pauline Hanson. However, fellow Liberal senator Hollie Hughes has come to the defence of Scott Morrison. She has instead accused Fierravanti-Wells of bullying.

Qantas Concerned by Order to Reinstate Safety Instructor Fired For Allegedly Staring At Colleague’s Chest

On 24 March, the Fair Work Commission ordered that Qantas reinstate a safety instructor who was dismissed for staring at a female colleague’s breasts for 10 seconds. The employee was running training sessions in January 2021 on how to observe breathing patterns to determine whether someone needed medical attention. The employee allegedly stopped in front of a female colleague and stared into her eyes before gazing at her chest. The instructor followed up this awkward moment by saying “you may have noticed that I was deliberately staring at [her] chest to see if she was breathing”. The employee has since denied those words. The commission said that this was not enough to constitute harassment.