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Teacher accused of grooming loses "working with children" permit

A tribunal has upheld the revocation of a high school teacher's working with children authorisation after finding that while accusations and behaviours consistent with grooming had not been conclusively established, he continued to put himself in compromising situations.

Credit card misuse behind CEO's sacking, claims HR consultancy

A HR consultancy claims in its defence of accusations it employed security guards to keep out its chief executive and sacked her because she sought a bully-free workplace that the dismissal was solely brought about by her misuse of a corporate credit card.


Panel confirms suggestive poster discriminatory

In a decision upholding a finding that Sydney Water and a consultancy discriminated against a worker by displaying her photo on a poster titled "Feel great - lubricate!", a tribunal has confirmed even inadvertent double entendres can constitute s-xual harassment.

"Strongly-held belief" no proof of pregnancy discrimination

A court has rejected a worker's claim that her employer discriminated against her because of her pregnancy, finding no evidence that her colleagues had any knowledge of it before she initially lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission.

S-xually-harassed manager wins aggravated damages payment

A third-party courier driver who s-xually harassed a Sanity manager when he slapped her on the bottom, repeatedly called her the "lewd" name "Juicy Lucy" and asked many times about her relationship status has been ordered to pay aggravated damages, largely for retaliating by serving her with a defamation letter in response to her internal complaint.

Court orders $5 million-plus adverse action payout

In a significant general protections ruling, the Federal Court has today ordered an ASX-listed enterprise software company to pay more than $5.2 million in compensation, damages and penalties to a senior employee sacked after he made bullying complaints.

Court invites re-pleading after "ill-expressed" claim struck out

The Federal Court has struck out a doctor's statement of claim accusing the Department of Health of adverse action, discrimination, stalking and torture, also removing a pause on her possible dismissal over alleged code of conduct breaches.


Proposal for five days paid "reproductive health" leave

An HSU branch in Victoria is pursuing an Australian-first claim for five days' annual paid reproductive health and wellbeing leave - to cover IVF treatment, endometriosis, vasectomies and serious menstrual pain - that the ACTU says would foster "more equal and accommodating workplaces".