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A victim of workplace racism has been awarded $75,000 under a settlement that allows him to pursue further compensation for a psychiatric injury. Meanwhile, an employment lawyer has examined the impact that softening cannabis laws might have on workplace drug policies.
An employer's actions in refusing a worker with a mental illness accommodations to return to work during a busy period were "realistic" and did not amount to discrimination against her impairments, a commission has ruled.
S-xism in the workplace harms workers' mental health, but interventions that make them feel like they belong in an organisation can reduce the impact, according to Australian researchers, who stress that the ultimate goal is preventing s-xism, not just its effects.
A worker with a disability's requested adjustments, like receiving all work directions in writing to avoid miscommunication, were "unjustifiable" and in some cases potentially unsafe, despite being recommended by his GP, a court has found.
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.