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Confidentiality agreements, discrimination and sexual harassment – All part of doing business?

Confidentiality agreements, discrimination and sexual harassment – All part of doing business? (Last Updated On: November 9, 2016)

The juxtaposition of business culture in the 1980s compared to today has been reflected in the recent film The Wolf of Wall Street. Misogynistic work environments, long lunches and corporate expense accounts have been replaced with quietly settling sexual harassment cases and the signing of confidentiality agreements.

Hammers Workplace Lawyers outlined that women often suffer indirect ­discrimination because they find it harder than men to operate in a “boozie, boysey atmosphere”. The brothels, strippers and sexual entertainment washed down with alcohol is encouraging employees and clients to cross the ethical boundary lines.

In the wake of the upcoming “Diggers and Dealers” conference in Kalgoorlie, which in the past involved near-naked barmaids known as “skimpies” to serve drinks to patrons and which lead to sexual harassment claims, females in the pool of attendees now have concerns about attending.

Today a number of companies still offer forms of adult entertainment specifically for corporate events. Employers need to be aware that they will be held responsible for any misconduct experienced by their staff.

If you have any questions around acceptable workplace entertainment for your staff or client events, or would simply like to review your current employment policies call Employsure on 1300 651 415.

 *Information sourced via the Financial Review 

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