Browsing: Bullying and harassment


Negligent RTW plan didn't cause psych injury: court

Despite the fact that an employer was negligent in the way it managed an injured worker's return-to-work plan, a superior court has confirmed this negligence wasn't the cause of her subsequent anxiety and depressive illness.


Aggression and racism continue to be major WHS issues

Surprisingly high percentages of workers are exposed to aggression from colleagues, managers and customers, while workplace racism also remains common, creating significant WHS risks and highlighting the need for targeted training, according to safety, wellbeing and human resources specialists.


Full bench gives green light to latest WHS poster claim

A major employer has failed to overturn a ruling that a worker, who was previously awarded $200,000 after being featured on a s-xually suggestive WHS poster, is entitled to pursue further damages under unfair dismissal laws.


Workplace disregard for PTSD exacerbated injuries

A tribunal has found that callous treatment by co-workers in the years following a traumatic workplace incident exacerbated a worker's post-traumatic stress disorder and contributed to her adjustment condition.


Body comments breached Act and contributed to PTSD

A manager's comments about a subordinate's body shape, even without intended s-xual innuendo, constituted s-xual harassment and caused the subordinate's post-traumatic stress disorder, a tribunal has found in awarding her damages.


BHP worker's hug and whispers were serious misconduct

In a timely decision, a commission has upheld the sacking of a mine worker for hugging a camp contractor without consent and making lewd comments to her and her co-worker.


"Attacks on the person" causing workplace stress injuries

European occupational health researchers have identified the most common types of workplace conflicts that cause psychological injuries to the individuals exposed to them.


Employer, director to pay $150k in harassment damages

An employer and its director have been found vicariously liable for the s-xual harassment and assault of a worker. The director had "flicked through" the employer's anti-harassment guidance, but did little else to address the issue, a tribunal found.

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