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Bullying & HarassmentJanuary 13, 2017
It is every woman’s worst nightmare, showing up to work wearing the same thing as someone else. Channel Nine newsreader Amber Sherlock, her colleague Julie Snook and psychologist Sandy Rae recently faced this very conundrum.
The off air footage of the messy wardrobe argument over the white colour choice began just before they went live to air.
‘I need Julie to put a jacket on because we’re all in white. I asked her before we came on. Julie, you need to put a jacket on. Come on, I told you two hours ago,’ Ms Sherlock said.
‘There can’t be three of us,” Ms Sherlock flatly said.
‘If it’s an issue I can get on out of here,’ Ms Snook said.
‘It is an issue. Go and grab a jacket,’ Ms Sherlock coldly replied, adding: ‘I wasn’t saying it for no reason. The wardrobe girls will be furious.’
Ms Snook then agreed to put on a black jacket that was lying around in the newsroom.
‘If there’s an issue I can just head on out and get back to work. I’m flat chat. I genuinely forgot,’ the reporter said as she left her chair to find other clothes.
‘Fine, jump on out if that’s what you’d like to do. Come on, wearing a jacket. I asked you two-and-a-half hours ago. It’s not the hardest request.’
While the messy argument may just be a one-off diva spat, it may overtime develop into a case of serious bullying. As an employer, you have to take steps to prevent or minimise the risks of bullying and harassment at work. You need to have a clear bullying and harassment policy in place and some businesses may offer bullying and harassment training regularly so workers can understand the policy.
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