Employment | 05 July 2019

In Australia, as in the rest of the world, employers bear onerous legal obligations to ensure that workplace culture does not condone sexual harassment, or indeed any other kind of bullying or vilification. Perhaps unlike other parts of the world, the laws dealing with workplace discrimination and harassment in Australia are particularly complex, not the least because obligations arise under both federal and state laws, and under special discrimination statutes as well as general labour legislation. The tendency for employers to adopt policies to deal with workplace conduct and disciplinary procedures adds a further layer of complexity, because policies may become incorporated into employment contracts and give rise to contract claims as well. [Continue Reading]