A worker who claims he was bullied "on a shocking scale" has been allowed to pursue his adverse action case against his former employer (whose response to bullying incidents was slammed by a WHS regulator), with a full Federal Court setting aside a judge's "extraordinary" decision to dismiss the matter because of the worker's mental illness.
A manager did not act unreasonably in accusing a worker of "stealing time" from his employer and "ambushing" him with performance concerns in a meeting, causing the worker to develop depression and anxiety, a commission has found.
Employers have wellbeing-related duties to contractors and subcontractors and need to think outside the square and build relationships with those who might be suffering from poor mental health, a workplace mental wellness expert says.
A worker who developed PTSD and other incapacitating psychological injuries from being attacked by a co-worker, and forced to encounter him at work for the next four years, has been granted permission to pursue damages from his employer.
An injured worker's $30,000 anti-discrimination settlement, described as "General Damages" in the deed of release, did not prevent him from pursuing workers' compensation or work injury damages, an appeals court has ruled in quashing two earlier decisions in favour of a major employer.
A full Federal Court has blasted a company director's claims that his s-xual pursuit of a worker was "honourable", finding his purportedly romantic actions were not distinguishable from the "tawdry" and traumatising acts of harassment he subjected her to.
A project examining cases of work-related post-traumatic stress disorder, in supposedly low-risk occupations, has warned that women often experience hostile behaviour and even "mobbing" when they return to work from maternity or sick leave.
A major employer has been ordered to pay a worker more than $1 million in damages, after his superior supplied unproven allegations against him to a medical assessor, who used the information to find the worker was psychiatrically disturbed and not fit to perform his job.
With one Australian state going back into COVID-19 lockdown and a resurgence of cases in other jurisdictions, a doctor has urged employers to remain vigilant to the fact that workers' health can deteriorate from stress, grief and lack of exercise.