A company owner has been jailed for recklessly endangering and killing a worker. Meanwhile, a major employer has been fined nearly $500,000 for threatening an HSR who refused to endorse an unsafe work method, and another employer has been fined over a quarry death.
An obese worker assessed as being a fall-risk has been granted leave to pursue discrimination claims against her former employer, including for its purported failure to provide reasonable work adjustments to accommodate her condition.
An employer has been ordered to pay a psychologically ill worker $160,000, after a court found its decision to dismiss him over "concerns about [his] capacity to return to work" was the same as dismissing him because of his mental disability.
Australian PCBUs tend to focus heavily on the "real and imagined" hazards posed by workers with mental illness, while being "almost indifferent" to how these workers are psychologically impacted by discriminatory and poorly designed work systems, according to a leading disability rights and industrial relations academic.
In a decision highlighting the risks of ignoring workplace complaints, a worker has been awarded damages after her manager discouraged her from formally complaining about another worker's menacing and s-xual comments.
An injured worker's $100,000 disability discrimination claim has been dismissed, after a tribunal found providing modified work, like the job rotation he requested, would require extensive training that "imposed an unjustifiable hardship on the employer".
Following the recent launch of a national inquiry into workplace s-xual harassment in Australia, a UK parliamentary inquiry has expressed deep concerns over the failure of OHS regulators and employers to treat harassment as a serious health and safety issue.
Adhering to wellbeing and sick-leave policies cannot be used by employers as a defence for actions that breach anti-discrimination laws, a tribunal has ruled in awarding $20,000 to a worker with an "assumed" mental illness.