Public sector agencies have been warned against responding to allegations of misconduct with strategies designed to "camouflage poor systems" instead of preventing incidents, after an anti-corruption survey unearthed "shocking" reports of bullying and nepotism.
A major employer did not need to seek an exemption to anti-discrimination laws to reject a worker with colour vision deficiency's application for a more senior and more safety critical role, a commission has ruled.
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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.