Harassment compounded by past experience - Race and Sexual harassment
The complainant was an Aboriginal woman who said that a male co-worker made a number of sexually suggestive comments to her including telling her that he and his partner had not had sex in a long time and describing a dream in which he and the complainant had engaged in a sexual act.
The complainant said that this had a profound effect on her as a survivor of a previous sexual assault. She said that she became fearful of her co-worker and avoided being with him after this incident.
The woman said that the same co-worker had suggested that she was a bludger when she had took time off following a death in her family. He had also made comments critical of training directed to Aboriginal workers.
The woman complained to management about the conduct without satisfactory result, and alleged that she then became traumatised and went on workers compensation as she was unfit to return to work. She made a complaint of sexual harassment and race discrimination to the Board.
The complaint was resolved following a conciliation conference when the complainant accepted an apology from her employer and her co-worker, a commitment to provide training to workers on sexual harassment and race discrimination and a payment of $6,000 in settlement of her claim.
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