Anti-Discrimination NSW

​Sexual banter not mutual 

Conciliation - Sexual harassment in employment

A man who worked for a catering company said the two owners of the business made sexually-related comments to him, sent him texts containing sexual innuendo and touched him inappropriately. Eventually he resigned and lodged a complaint of sexual harassment.

The employers said the sexual banter was mutual, and they thought they were friends with the complainant. However he said he only participated in order to keep his job.

By the time of conciliation, the complainant had found another job, although the pay was less. The employers apologised and said they had not intended to upset him. They agreed to pay him $10,000 in compensation and to undertake training in preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.

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