Sexual harassment remains a significant problem in Australian workplaces, despite laws being in place for more than 30 years and the progress made by the #MeToo movement. This session will discuss the legal and cultural aspects of sexual harassment with a view to creating positive, fair and inclusive workplaces.
- When is an employer vicariously liable for sexual harassment and assault – Kerkofs v Abdallah (Human Rights) 
- How to investigate sexual harassment and assault claims
- When should individuals continue working alongside their alleged perpetrators?
- Interpreting victim defense mechanismsinvestigations– humour, complacency or freezing
- How should employers handle and follow up unsubstantiated sexual harassment claims?
- Moving away from a strict legal reading of sexual harassment and towards a broader conversation about sexually harassing and culture
- Championing a positive, safe, inclusive and respectful workplace culture