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Qld Industrial Court Rules On The Appropriate Compensation For Sexual Harassment

In a record-breaking award to compensate for sexual harassments by an employer against its employee, Queensland Industrial Court changed the outcome on appeal by substituting its own award of $130,000. The decision by Justice Davis, the president of the Industrial Court, meant that the previous award of $30,000 by the Industrial Commissioner to compensate the […]

Qld Industrial Court Rules On The Appropriate Compensation For Sexual Harassment

Qld Industrial Court Rules On The Appropriate Compensation For Sexual Harassment

In a record-breaking award to compensate for sexual harassments by an employer against its employee, Queensland Industrial Court changed the outcome on appeal by substituting its own award of $130,000.

The decision by Justice Davis, the president of the Industrial Court, meant that the previous award of $30,000 by the Industrial Commissioner to compensate the employee, Ms. Golding, for general and aggravated damages were inadequate.

The Court found that Ms. Golding, who was a casual employee for approximately 14 Months at The Laundry Chute had been subject to, among other things, offers of money in exchange for sexual favors.

The Court further found that the Industrial Commissioner had erred in law by confining her consideration as to economic loss to a period during which The Laundry Chute may have employed Ms. Golding, but for Mr. Sippel’s behaviors. The Court further found that the function of Queensland Industrial Relations Commission was to assess compensation ”for loss or damage caused by the contravention [of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991”.

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