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Employer ordered to pay $130K in sexual harassment case
Bullying & HarassmentJuly 21, 2014
Multinational computer company, Oracle, has been ordered to pay a former Australian employee $130,000 in damages for a sexual harassment case.
This lengthy and costly case originally concluded in February in favour of Rebecca Richardson, a former Project Manager, who was found to have been sexually harassed by a male co-worker, Randol Tucker in 2008.
Ms Richardson claimed that Mr Tucker made various inappropriate comments, including “Rebecca, you and I fight so much… I think we must have been married in our last life,” and “So, Rebecca, how do you think our marriage was? I bet the sex was hot.”
Despite the case concluding earlier this year and the company ordered to pay Ms Richardson $18,000 in damages, Richardson appealed the case.
Earlier this month the Federal Court increased the compensation pay-out to $130,000 and ordered the company to cover Ms Richardson’s legal costs.
This ruling will have implications for future Australian sexual harassment cases. It is imperative that employers take any allegations of workplace harassment seriously.
To minimise the risk of complaints, contact Employsure by filling in the form below. We can help you implement and enforce policies that clearly define sexual harassment and will help prevent the rise of issues.
*Information sourced via The Australian Financial Review.