Browsing: Discrimination


Executives must be more involved in WHS; and more

  • Company directors still have little involvement in WHS matters despite industrial manslaughter developments; and
  • Court to hear test case on worker's medicinal cannabis use.

Major employer failing to prevent bullying and harassment, or comply with "positive duty"

A major equal opportunity review, providing important lessons for all employers, has found more than 50 per cent of Ambulance Victoria employees have experienced bullying, and few feel "very safe" at work. It makes 24 recommendations for addressing power imbalances and encouraging a speak-up culture.


$115k WHS discrimination award overturned

An appeals tribunal has quashed a $115,160 WHS discrimination damages award for a worker, who claimed she was bullied, after finding her expressions of "fear" and "anxiety" in communications to senior staff did not amount to raising a WHS issue or concern.


Dept fined for violence breaches; WHS guides out; more

  • Department fined for violence-related safety breaches;
  • Three interpretive guidelines released for WA's WHS Act; and
  • Scrutiny warning issued ahead of industrial manslaughter session.

Major WHS forum to tackle harassment, drive change

WHS professionals and other stakeholders from around the country have been invited to attend a major virtual forum on preventing workplace sexual harassment, while Canberra employers could be forced to proactively eliminate discrimination, under proposed reforms to ACT laws.


Safety climate boost needed for workers at risk of abuse

A strong workplace psychosocial safety climate can reduce the psychological demands on migrant and refugee workers, who are at high risk of abuse and harassment in workplaces, leading Australian safety researchers say.


Age-related safety concerns curtailed by FW provisions

A manager's belief that a 70-year-old job applicant wasn't capable of working safely in a hot environment, because of his age, was "based upon the type of assumptions" that employment laws guard against, a judge has ruled in penalising two companies for discriminating against the worker.


Major face mask issue "devastating" for many workers

A study on the rapid, widespread adoption of workplace mask requirements for the COVID-19 pandemic has identified the need for "urgent action" to protect workers affected by hearing loss from "devastating" communication problems.


"Positive" safety duties moved for harassment Bill

PCBUs will be required by both anti-discrimination and employment laws to proactively eliminate work-related s-xual harassment and victimisation, under proposed amendments moved in the Federal Senate. Meanwhile, Western Australians have been asked to comment on whether to add a "positive duty" to the State's equal opportunity legislation.

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