Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW

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​​Team leader subjected to extensive sexual harassment

Conciliation: Sex discrimination and sexual harassment in employment

Published: 18 October 2016​

A woman who worked as a team leader in a blue-collar environment was subjected to extensive sexual harassment by a number of co-workers.

Story:

A woman who worked as a team leader in a blue-collar workplace alleged that the workplace culture was hostile to women and she was subjected to sexual harassment.  This included:
  • being referred to as a bitch and a c---
  • a male colleague repeatedly asking her in an intimidating manner how she had travelled to work and where she parked her car
  • another male colleague describing sex toys to her
  • obscenities written near her name in a workplace diary and on her locker
  • being questioned by management about whether she had been in a sexual relationship with a co-worker
  • another co-worker saying to her  ‘I wouldn’t mind f---ing that’ in reference to member of the public
The employer investigated the matter following the woman’s complaint to the Board. The complaint was resolved when they undertook to arrange for training for its workers, reaccredit the complainant’s leave and pay damages to the complainant.​

What does the law say about sexual harassment?

Anti-discrimination law defines sexual harassment as: 

  • unwanted sexual advances, or unwelcome requests for sexual favours; or other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature; and
  • in the circumstances, a reasonable person would have expected you to be offended, humiliated or intimidated by this behaviour.​​

​​More information on Sexual Harassment

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