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$100,000 payout for post-complaint sacking

A manager dismissed in an "elaborate and sophisticated scheme" after he made a complaint has won almost $100,000 in damages and penalties for his "non-paragon" employer's unlawful adverse action.

FWC backs BHP's sacking of breast-grabbing mineworker

In a case that illustrates sexual harassment problems at remote mine sites, the Commission has upheld BHP Billiton's sacking of a service technician after he groped and pursued two young female cleaners, prompting one to leave the "too unsafe to return" worksite.

Discrimination in gender-biased pay arrangements: Court

Victoria's Supreme Court has ruled that an employer might have treated a manager unfavourably because of her age and sex when it ignored her repeated requests to provide her similar over-agreement pay rates to those afforded to male colleagues, while it has also found that the State's equal opportunity laws enable consideration of "unconscious bias".

High Court rules on traumatised lawyer's case

The High Court has today unanimously found that a lawyer diagnosed with PTSD and depression after working in the Victorian public prosecutor's unit that handles s-xual offences, including those involving children, would have cooperated with steps by her employer to shift her to another area of its operations.

$150,000 in damages after s-xual harassment, assault

A tribunal has awarded a s-xually harassed and assaulted beauty therapist $150,000 in general damages, equal to $70 per day for the six years she has suffered and will likely continue to suffer the effects of the conduct.

ANAO ordered to reinstate COVID-vulnerable WFH auditor

The FWC has taken the National Audit Office to task for revoking permission for a veteran public servant "at increased risk" from COVID-19 to work from home and then sacking her after she refused to return to Canberra while she cared for her dying uncle at their second residence.

Australia endorses ILO anti-slavery provision

The Federal Government has ratified the newest ILO protocol to address forced labour, building on its law to counter modern slavery in supply chains.

AFLW player leads vax mandate challenge in SA

In what looms as the country's most sophisticated legal challenge to compulsory workplace vaccinations to date, South Australia's Supreme Court will tomorrow begin hearing a case featuring a frozen-out player from the Australian Football League's elite women's competition, a respected vaccine developer and a former federal court judge.