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Workplace sexual harassment and bullying go unreported

Bullying and sexual harassment incidents in the workplace are not being reported, according to the latest CareerOne.com.au survey.

The job site surveyed 788 respondents, and of those, 62 percent had been bullied and 29 percent sexually harassed. Most of the respondents who had been bullied (59 percent) or sexually harassed (74 percent) didn’t report the incident.

According to Kate Southam, editor of CareerOne.com.au, workers are finding they are more vulnerable in the current climate.

“In the current climate where thousands of jobs are being slashed, employers have more power and workers suffering poor conditions such as bullying fear losing their job if they complain.

“Redundancies also create greater workloads for those left behind adding to the stress already caused by the challenging economic conditions. Poorly trained managers who can’t cope can resort to bullying.”

Law firm, Harmers Workplace Lawyers, have found the exact opposite, with Joydeep Hor, managing partner of Harmers Workplace Lawyers seeing a significant increase in false bullying claims made by employees in recent months.

“When employees feel that their employment is threatened, many feel cornered and helpless and some even decide to take matters into their own hands to protect themselves.”

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Jessica Stanichttp://www.dynamicbusiness.com.au
Jessica has a background in both marketing and journalism and is dedicated to making the website the leading online resource for small to medium businesses with ambitions to grow.


  1. To Whom It May Concern:

    My wife has suffered sexual harassment and bullying, throughout the workplace over a two year period. We can not afford the high prices of a lawyer to take them to a high court; we can only go to Vcat, who can only offer a low payout amount. This I feel is not justified why should only the rich people get what they want and the poor suffer.

    Example of this is the lady that sued David Jones, she could afford a high price lawyer and got a big payout, my wife I believe has suffered a lot more than she did, but will get allot less, why? Is their any body that can help her to receive what she really is entitled to? Or does the “old saying money talks”

    My wife is going though so much counseling to get over her illness, and the family is also suffering her pain.

    We have a hearing at Vcat on the March the 2nd, would like advice before then.

    Stephen Doherty

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