Equal Opportunity and Discrimination Law News

It wasn’t ‘accidental’ touching – $30,000 for victim of sexual harassment at work

November 20, 2019

Click to Call Testimonials Find an Expert It wasn’t ‘accidental’ touching – $30,000 for victim of sexual harassment at work A Foodland employee who suffered sexual harassment at the hands of her male co-worker has been awarded compensation against both him and the employer after the South Australian Employment Tribunal found that the physical contact…

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Same-sex marriage laws will affect family law, wills and more

December 28, 2017

Click to Call SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAWS WILL AFFECT FAMILY LAW, WILLS AND MORE – By Vanessa Ho – Same-sex marriage is now legal in Australia. This will mean that marriages between same-sex couples will have the same legal recognition as any other marriage and there may be significant consequences for a range of legal areas,…

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Sex discrimination: it can happen to men

May 4, 2017

SEX DISCRIMINATION: IT CAN HAPPEN TO MEN – By Andrew Carpenter – Sex discrimination is illegal in Australia. However, that doesn’t mean it’s non-existent; it’s alive and kicking in many workplaces across the country. When stories of sex discrimination are covered by the media, they usually concern women. But what isn’t quite as well known…

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Report: SAPOL sexual harassment a widespread problem

December 20, 2016

Click to Call REPORT: SAPOL SEXUAL HARASSMENT A WIDESPREAD PROBLEM In a new report, the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) has found sexual harassment and discrimination to be at shockingly high levels in the South Australian Police force (SAPOL). When SAPOL Commissioner Grant Stevens commissioned the EOC to conduct the independent review, most stakeholders would have…

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Don’t get caught with your pants down at the office party

December 15, 2016

DON’T GET CAUGHT WITH YOUR PANTS DOWN AT THE OFFICE PARTY In December, office party season ramps up. Having worked hard all year, it’s only natural that we want to let our hair down and celebrate at the expense of the boss. And so we should. After all, there’s got to be some perks to…

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Victimisation in the workplace

November 17, 2016

Click to Call VICTIMISATION IN THE WORKPLACE For most of us, going to work is a normal activity which takes up a significant portion of our daily lives. For this reason, it’s important that we feel safe at work and can get along with co-workers, managers and others. But sadly, some people may not have…

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Childcare’s “non-working” parent requirement: is it discrimination?

October 20, 2016

Click to Call CHILDCARE’S “NON-WORKING” PARENT REQUIREMENT: IS IT DISCRIMINATION? Just recently, an internet storm erupted over a letter from a childcare centre to its parents. It highlighted the gulf between working and “non-working” parents and raised questions about whether the childcare centre was engaging in discrimination. Background An unidentified childcare centre sent the letter…

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Significant damages awarded in workplace sexual harassment case

October 3, 2016

Click to Call SIGNIFICANT DAMAGES AWARDED IN WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE A woman who was sexually harassed at work has been awarded $130,000– a significantly higher amount than in previous similar cases.  This case is important because courts now appear willing to award higher payouts in line with community expectations. Background The woman, who was…

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Is the law catching up with police over sexual harassment case?

July 28, 2016

Click to Call IS THE LAW CATCHING UP WITH POLICE OVER SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE? For too many victims of workplace sexual harassment, the fear of publicity will stop them from making a complaint or taking legal action. Sadly, this may mean that the victim is denied justice and also that the harassing behaviour is allowed…

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