The FWC has rejected a casual employee's bid for anti-bullying orders, despite finding that her employer had acted unreasonably by issuing a written warning 11 months after initiating the first of two contradictory investigations into alleged misconduct.
A court has awarded more than $600,000 in damages to a state government employee with known mental health issues who suffered a "breakdown" after managers failed to properly consider her condition when they addressed a mounting conflict with a supervisor.
A decorated senior special constable engaged in extremely serious misconduct in the workplace when he boasted about his s-xual conquests, performed lewd acts with bananas, pretended to "dry hump" a colleague and referred to his p-nis piercings, a tribunal has found.
The FWC has upheld a disability support association's dismissal of a carer whose psychological injuries meant she could not fulfil the inherent requirements of her job, but has criticised the "regrettable" response by the employer's HR department to her bullying allegations.
The FWC has upheld DP World's sacking of a stevedore and self-proclaimed "big fish" in the MUA for bullying two colleagues who stepped outside a worker-maintained "system of control and internal discipline" by taking a complaint to HR.
The Federal Court has awarded a ship's officer $100 in nominal damages for her employer's breach of her employment contract, finding it could not have foreseen that its flawed investigation of allegations she was bullied by her captain would lead her to stop working in the maritime industry altogether.
Almost one-in-10 Australian workers now experience bullying, according to a report released this week, with those employed in the utilities and government administration and defence industries suffering among the highest levels of harassment.