Workwise - company liability for sexual harassment

Articles Written by Ruveni Kelleher (Partner)

In the recent case of Richardson v Oracle Corporation Australia Pty Ltd [2013] FCA 102, the Federal Court highlighted the importance of employers having proper policies and training which reflect Australian laws in order to avoid liability for sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

The case demonstrates the risks for employers in adopting 'off the shelf' or standard international discrimination and harassment policies and training packages. Employers should ensure their policies and training are specifically adapted to the requirements under Australian laws and their workplaces to avoid potential liability for their employees' conduct.

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