In a significant decision on duty of care, a former public prosecutor and mother of two traumatised by having to prepare a large volume of child s-xual offence cases has been awarded more than $400,000 in damages.
Australia Post is facing a damages bill for breaching the contract of a national worker's compensation manager who accused it of caving in to union demands to remove him, after failing to establish that it offered him an equivalent position after a period of gardening leave.
An EPA worker believed to have contracted Legionnaires' disease by walking past Sydney Town Hall during an outbreak has won reinstatement after establishing that it caused him to suffer major depression that contributed to his poor work performance.
The FWC has rejected allegations that a female supervisor's description of a worker as a "big threatening scary man" amounted to s-xual discrimination, finding no evidence that he was treated less favourably because he was a male.
A tribunal has held that a commander discriminated against officers he described as a "close knit friendship group of homos-xual like-minded" police in a complaint of possible drug use, while clearing the NSW Police Force of any discrimination in its handling of the allegations.
The NSW IRC has considered the dividing line between misconduct and performance issues in cutting short the demotion of an assistant principal accused of hugging and professing her love for students, giving gifts and laughing when one of them threw paint over a colleague.
The FWC has upheld Sydney Water's sacking of a long-serving employee who deliberately concealed his off-site coffee breaks and avoided "make-up" time and the loss of his RDOs by "tailgating" other employees through security gates.