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  • 1. Case Studies
    Source: Harsh Realities http://www.hreoc.gov.au/sex_discrimination/workplace/harsh_2/index.html
  • 2. SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN EMPLOYMENT
    Mr Hammond, her supervisor, rang her on her company mobile phone ... "I just want to give you something to think about"
    Ms Grosso commenced work as a sales representative.
    Three months later Ms Grosso alleged Mr Hammond, her supervisor, rang her on her company mobile phone at a hotel in rural Queensland where she was residing while working in the area.
    During the conversation Mr Hammond asked Ms Grosso how she was going with her work. He then allegedly went on to speculate about Ms Grosso's physical appearance, commenting on her body in an offensive and suggestive manner.
    When Ms Grosso asked Mr Hammond why he was saying such things he replied "I just want to give you something to think about", at which point she replied "is that right" and hung up.
    Soon after Mr Hammond allegedly phoned back. When Ms Grosso didn't answer the call, Mr Hammond left a message on her message-bank saying "I didn't mean what I said before. I'm pretty smashed at the moment", but he continued with the taped message, making comments including:
    "I can picture what your fanny looks like. I bet it's ******* and ***** and I want to *********."
    Ms Grosso resigned three days later.
    The complaint was conciliated and settled with a payment of $5,000 to Ms Grosso.
    Source: Harsh Realities http://www.hreoc.gov.au/sex_discrimination/workplace/harsh_2/index.html
  • 3. SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN EMPLOYMENT
    Mr Vassa and Mr West made comments about a piece of telephone equipment in her desk drawer, inferring it was her sex toy
    Ms Temboli worked for a cleaning company. Mr Vassa was the nominated harassment contact officer and branch manager. Mr West was a co-worker of both Ms Temboli and Mr Vassa.
    Ms Temboli alleged she suffered sexual harassment and sex discrimination in employment and lodged a complaint under the Sex Discrimination Act (Cth) 1984.
    She alleged sexual harassment by Mr Vassa included:
    Mr Vassa making indecent gestures at her, showing her an advertisement aimed at lesbians, and saying "I nearly grabbed a handful of a***" when he dropped a piece of paper behind her.
    She alleged sexual harassment by Mr West included:
    Mr West stating publicly that she was having an affair with a co-worker, Mr West standing in positions where he could look down her blouse and brushing past her breast with his elbow.
    Ms Temboli also alleged Mr Vassa and Mr West made comments about a piece of telephone equipment in her desk drawer, inferring it was her sex toy.
    The complaint was conciliated. Ms Temboli received a payment of $8,000, a statement of service and an apology.
    Source: Harsh Realities http://www.hreoc.gov.au/sex_discrimination/workplace/harsh_2/index.html
  • 4. SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE PROVISION OF GOODS AND SERVICES
    Ms Long alleged that her general practitioner sexually harassed her in his surgery
    Ms Long alleged that her general practitioner sexually harassed her in his surgery over a twelve month period and lodged a complaint under the Sex Discrimination Act (Cth) 1984.
    Ms Long would make an appointment with Dr Meekle every month to obtain a new prescription for her condition. During these appointments Ms Long alleged Dr Meekle would undertake an inappropriate physical examination of Ms Long's breasts and pubic area.
    Ms Long claimed that Dr Meekle did not provide her with an explanation as to why these physical examinations were necessary or how they were related to her condition. No further tests were ever conducted.
    The matter was conciliated with Dr Meekle paying Ms Long $25,000. Ms Long also made complaints to relevant professional organisations.
    Source: Harsh Realities http://www.hreoc.gov.au/sex_discrimination/workplace/harsh_2/index.html