PANEL: Preventing and mitigating sexual harassment and assault in the workplace

Nov 14, 2019

3:30 pm

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) [2019] 
  • 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
  • Tracie Conroy

    Director – Equity and Diversity Unit

    University of Technology Sydney

  • Kellie Edwards

    Partner Barrister

    Denman Chambers

  • Kathie Melocco

    Founder

    World of Work

  • Joe Murphy

    Managing Director - National Workplace

    Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors

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