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Are Unwelcome Comments Sexual Harassment? What Can I Do?

A broad range of conduct can be deemed ‘sexual harassment’ within the definition of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth). Sexual harassment is not limited to a co-worker making a sexual advance towards you or propositioning you for sex.[1] Sexual harassment also includes any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which could reasonably make you …

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What is the Difference Between Sexual Harassment and Harassment?

Any form of harassment in the workplace is unlawful and employees have the right to complaint or lodge a claim regarding the harassment they are experiencing. However, it is important to distinguish between the different forms of harassment and how each one can be dealt with. Harassment, which is sexual in nature, is referred to …

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What Makes a Good Sexual Harassment Lawyer?

Have you been sexually harassed at work? Are you looking at lodging a sexual harassment complaint, but you are feeling overwhelmed with the number of lawyers and representatives offering their help? When running a dispute or claim for sexual harassment, you have the option of representing yourself or seeking representation through workplace representatives and paid …

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50 Examples of Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

Pressure for sexual favors Rape Attempted rape Sexual assault Attempted sexual assault Unwanted touching of body, clothing, or hair Unwanted hugging Unwanted kissing Sexual looks Sexual gestures Sexual comments Sexual jokes Sexual insults or taunts Repeated invitations on dates Massaging shoulders, neck, or back Patting someone’s body or head Inappropriate pinching Kissing sounds Cat calls …

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Sexual Harassment Claims, Compensation Finally Increasing

Two sexual harassment cases – in Queensland and Victoria – have raised the bar for the amount of compensation a complainant can reasonably expect to receive for a substantiated claim of sexual harassment and discrimination. QLD Sexual Harassment Case In Golding v Sippel and The Laundry Chute Pty Ltd,[1] the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission ordered …

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Sexual Harassment In Western Australia, What’s Going On?

Unlike all other Australian jurisdictions, and most countries around the world, Western Australia strangely does not permit complainants in Equal Opportunity matters – particularly sexual harassment and discrimination – to be represented by anybody who is not a lawyer. You cannot be represented by who you want. This is potentially a source of significant disadvantage, …

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Sexual Harassment & COVID-19: The Blurring Of Boundaries

The COVID-19 pandemic has revolutionized our workplaces. Face-to-face interactions have largely been replaced by screens. Has COVID-19 eradicated workplace sexual harassment, or has it just taken a new form? Increase of Sexual Harassment during the Pandemic In late 2020, a prominent UK women’s charity, Rights of Women, conducted an online survey to investigate the prominence …

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What is the Government Doing About Sexual Harassment in 2021? We Need Action Now!!

2021 has seen the dawn of a new era of sexual harassment reforms. In 2020, the Australian Human Rights Commission published ‘Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces’. This report investigated the current nature and prevalence of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces and proposed 55 Recommendations to better prevent sexual harassment and facilitate …

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Historical Sexual Harassment – Is it too late to speak up?

It is not uncommon for victims of sexual harassment to delay reporting what happened to them. In the Fourth National Survey on Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, conducted in 2018, it was found that 72% of Australians (85% of women and 57% of men) experienced sexual harassment on at least one occasion in their lifetime.[1] …

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Sexual Harassment in Small Businesses: What Can I Do?

Just like their larger counterparts, small businesses are not immune from the laws prohibiting workplace sexual harassment and discrimination. Even though they lack a dedicated Human Resources department or stringent reporting requirements, small businesses are also under a duty to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination from occurring in their workplace. Small businesses may be particularly …

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