Sexual harassment complaints ignored by manager

February 2022

Gina* was a sales and design employee for a tile retailer. In the workplace, her colleagues engaged in sexual banter when she was nearby, which made her feel uncomfortable.

Gina also felt afraid to speak freely in the workplace in case her colleagues put a sexual spin on her conversation. She complained to her manager that she felt unsafe and disrespected.

Gina resigned from her position when she felt her manager had not taken her concerns seriously. She lodged a complaint of sex discrimination and sexual harassment with ADNSW.

At conciliation, the employer didn’t agree that they behaved unlawfully. They did however agree to pay Gina $5000 and remove the restriction they had placed on her ability to seek employment with their competitors. Gina accepted this and the complaint was resolved.

*Name has been changed to protect the privacy of the individual.

Last updated:

09 Feb 2022

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