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Mentor sexually harassed co-worker but employer not liable

The Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission has recently handed down a decision that has a number of lessons for employers.  In this case, some of the conduct undertaken by the respondent employee was found to be sexual harassment of the complainant; some of the conduct was found to have no connection with the complainant’s employment; and…

FWC: Bullying, verbal abuse and sexual harassment did not justify dismissal

This is another case that reminds employers again about the risks associated with providing employees with access to unlimited alcohol at workplace functions.  In this case, the employer was found to have unfairly dismissed the employee despite a long list of incidents at the workplace Christmas party and the subsequent after party. Background The behaviour…

The New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission has decided that a public servant who admitted to touching five of his colleagues breasts’ at a work Christmas function should be reinstated to his position. Facts The employee had consumed a considerable volume of alcohol before attending a workplace function with a number of his work colleagues,…

Employee reinstated in breast case scenario

The NSW Industrial Relations Commission has ruled that a public servant who admitted to touching five of his colleagues breasts’ at a work Christmas function should be reinstated to his position. The evidence in the case included that the a public servant had consumed a considerable volume of alcohol before attending a workplace function and…

Significant compensation awarded for sexual harassment

A recent decision by the Federal Circuit Court of Australia has highlighted the significant financial risk to employers where it can be argued that the employer has essentially condoned sexual harassment in the workplace. In the case of Alexander v Cappello & Vekiarellis, Judge Driver heard that the employee had been employed by the employer…