A union organiser has failed to convince a court that a HSU branch sacked her because she had failed to join a preferred Labor Party faction or because of presumption that she was a lesbian or bis-xual.
The Federal Court has fined the CFMEU's mining and energy division $45,000 for taking adverse action against a former Pilbara organiser after the AWU complained that he was a "Trot" who was "bagging" the union.
A volunteer placed in an overseas posting by an Australian organisation has had his bullying application rejected on jurisdictional grounds, with the Fair Work Commission also finding his manager's actions were reasonable.
A tribunal has found an employee's severe morning sickness is a "disability" but has rejected the bulk of her discrimination claims, including that her employer failed to make reasonable changes to her hours and conditions.
The head of the Fair Work Commission's anti-bullying panel has highlighted the key cases in the new jurisdiction's first year, and revealed that many employers are failing to follow their own internal procedures when dealing with bullying complaints.
The Federal Court has thrown out a Monash University academic's sex discrimination claim, based on more than 50 alleged incidents over five years of employment, finding that she subjectively reconstructed "innocent events" after failing to fulfil her professional ambitions.